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Geese begin to threaten nature, agriculture and air traffic

Many parts of Europe are beginning to experience an annual biological 'invasion' from the air in recent years. This ‘invasion’ is beginning to pose new challenges to air traffic, nature conservation and agriculture as the numbers of some...

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Photo: Kaimo-Vahter

Real-time monitoring of oil compounds installed in Tallinn-Stockholm ferry

The EU-funded project GRACE, coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute, has launched a system for real-time monitoring of oil compounds in open seawater. ”This kind of technology could have a great potential onboard on many types of vessels...

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Photo: Maiju Lehtiniemi

Microplastics – a risk to inland and marine waters in Finland

The state of Finland’s inland and marine waters has generally improved significantly over recent decades, thanks to effective water protection measures. But our waters are still under threat due to factors including microplastics, climate change,...

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The EU-Forest dataset is the most comprehensive database ever of forest resources at the EU level. ©Fotolia, haveseen

EU scientists see the forest for the trees (EU-Forest)

The JRC has recently released a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe. The EU-Forest dataset is the most comprehensive database ever of forest resources at the EU level, comprising over half a million tree occurrences and over 200...

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GrowApp: make an animation of climate change in your backyard

The newly launched GrowApp allows people to make animations of trees, gardens and landscapes by taking pictures with their smartphone. The app directly transforms these pictures in a time lapse movie that shows changes over the seasons and even over...

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The most visible effect of pollution on marine organisms is the entanglement of wildlife in marine litter. ©birdimagency.com H. Gladier

From entanglement to invasions of alien species: the harm caused by marine litter

Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new JRC report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic...

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Monitoring of amphibian populations and their pathogens in the French Pyrenees. Pic Rouge can be seen in the background. Photo: Dirk Schmeller

Only the tip of the iceberg

Whether orchids or mammals, insects or slugs and snails: nowadays there are a large number of animals and plants under observation. Researchers and dedicated activists work meticulously to record their distribution, count their numbers, and document...

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Local people at the lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Photo: Johanna Korhonen

SYKE helped to develop hydrological services in the Andes

Finnish experts helped countries in the Andes region to develop their water, climate and weather services. Due to their geographical location, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru are vulnerable to climate change. Over the course of the multi-year...

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Prediction of floods and droughts is an effective measure for adapting to climate change

Operational water management based on accurate and reliable hydrological predictions can be an effective means of limiting the economic and social damage caused by an increasing frequency and intensity of summer rainstorms, droughts and wintry...

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Experiments in climate governance

Experimentation has been proposed as a key way in which governance drives sustainability transitions. This article seeks to bring greater coherence to the literature and practice of climate and sustainability governance experiments through a...

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