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Recent Arctic erosion and loss of permafrost along the Alaskan coast. Photo from USGS
Recent Arctic erosion and loss of permafrost along the Alaskan coast near Drew Point. Thawing land ice (white) is clearly visible. This is part of the current rapid changes happening in the Arctic.

Arctic climate change has global scale impacts, say the climate specialists

News, December 13, 2018, SYKE
The Arctic is changing rapidly as a result of global climate change. “Over the past five years, warm Arctic temperatures and large sea-ice deficits show contemporary climate states outside of previous experience. We have already lost 75% of the sea ice volume in the Arctic since 1979”, says one of the authors of a new research paper, Research Professor Martin Forsius from the Finnish Environment Institute. More


Jáchym Judl: Tackling sustainability challenges of smartphone industry requires wide cooperation
Smartphones are packed with so much technology that they can literally be the only communication, entertainment and work tool one might need to own. Being incredibly useful, as well as addictive, they have become indispensable to many. In fact, globally there are close to 2.5 billion smartphone users today and in 2017 alone over 1.5 billion smartphones were sold globally. More



SYKE has moved

SYKE has moved

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute has moved on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (Latokartanonkaari 11). SYKE’s new base at Viikki is a truly modern working environment, where care and attention has been paid to environmentally sustainable solutions. More

Success stories

Citizens collect information on the effects of climate change on winter

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Winter monitoring involves the collection of citizens’ observations of the impacts of climate change on winter. Observations complement the authorities’ monitoring data. A mobile service developed by SYKE, Havaintolähetti, facilitates the collection of information. More


Policy Brief

A future the planet can accommodate
Respecting the limits of the earth is prerequisite for the well-being of humanity. Read more

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