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Aranda’s monitoring cruise reveals: Last summer’s algal bloom in the Baltic Sea was the result of a surge of nutrient-rich water from the Baltic Proper

Research vessel Aranda’s first monitoring cruise after its renovation was a success despite challenging weather conditions and a tight schedule. The results show that salty and oxygen-depleted water r...

New methods of environmental footprints can be a game changer for companies

New methods for calculation of the environmental footprint open possibilities for businesses to document and communicate their environmental performance in a more simplified and verifiable way. With t...

Pharmaceuticals screened systematically for the first time in the Baltic Sea

CWPharma, an EU-funded project, has started screening active pharmaceutical ingredients in six river basin districts to get a better picture of the sources, emissions and environmental concentrations ...

The winners of the ‘Meriroskahaaste’ challenge prize address different stages of marine littering

The goal of the ‘Meriroskahaaste’ marine litter challenge prize was to find solutions to decrease the amount of litter ending up in the Baltic Sea. The winning trio – Paptic Ltd, VTT’s PlastBug team, ...

Renovated marine research vessel Aranda embarks immediately on a research cruise

The renovated marine research vessel Aranda was delivered to the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE today. The overhaul was carried out by Rauma Marine Constructions Oy at its shipyard in the city of ...

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils

Forests promote health and well-being among school pupils. The Finnish Environment Institute has made an analysis based on spatial data on the location of primary and secondary schools with relation t...

Algal bloom monitoring August 23, 2018: No wide cyanobacterial blooms in the Finnish sea areas, blooms have decreased also in lakes

The amount of cyanobacterial surface blooms has further decreased in the Finnish sea areas and lakes. In the Gulf of Finland, weak surface accumulations of cyanobacteria still occur. Harmless filament...

Nature as a solution for immigrant integration in Nordic countries

Immigration to the Nordic region has increased fast during recent decades. Large portion of the newcomers are asylum seekers. These developments promote the need for revisiting and developing new appr...

Algal bloom monitoring August 16, 2018: Typical cyanobacterial situation in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Cyanobacteria are mixed into the water in the southern and south-western sea areas, and wide cyanobacterial blooms have not been observed anymore in the Finnish sea areas. In lakes, cyanobacteria are ...

A Tribute to Everyday Landscapes

The #arkimaisema photography campaign of the Ministry of the Environment and The Finnish Environment Institute challenges people to take a look at their own everyday landscape with new eyes.

Algal bloom monitoring August 9, 2018: Cyanobacteria have been mixed into the water in the Finnish sea areas, cyanobacterial blooms have decreased also in lakes

Cyanobacteria are still quite abundant in the Gulf of Finland, in the Archipelago Sea and in the Bothnian Sea, but cyanobacteria are now mixed into the water and wide surface blooms have not been obse...

Algal bloom monitoring August 2, 2018: Cyanobacterial blooms have decreased in the Finnish sea areas, there are still more cyanobacterial blooms than usually in lakes

Since last week, cyanobacterial blooms have decreased in the Finnish sea areas. Still, there is a lot of cyanobacteria mixed in the water in the Gulf of Finland, and surface blooms occur in the southe...

Blue-green algae in water are a risk for people and animals

Exceptionally abundant blooms of blue-green algae, i.e. cyanobacteria, increase the risk of adverse health effects. Water containing blue-green algae must always be considered a potential health risk....

Algal bloom monitoring July 26, 2018: Extensive blooming of cyanobacteria has continued in the Finnish sea areas and lakes

Extensive blooming of cyanobacteria has continued in the southern and southwestern Finnish sea areas and lakes. Wide surface blooms are situated in the southern sea areas of Åland and the Archipelago ...

Algal bloom monitoring July 19, 2018: Exceptionally wide Cyanobacterial blooms in the Gulf of Finland and in the Southern and East-Southern areas of the Archipelago Sea, blooms continue also in lakes

Cyanobacterial blooms have been exceptionally wide in the Gulf of Finland and in the Southern and East-Southern areas of the Archipelago Sea. Amount of cyanobacteria has increased also in the Western ...

Nutrient load into the Baltic Sea continues to be too high, and global warming also increases the risk of blue-green algae blooms

In recent days, the Gulf of Finland and parts of the Archipelago Sea have seen exceptionally broad blooming of blue-green algae. According to the weather forecast, the exceptionally warm weather will ...

Algal bloom monitoring July 12, 2018: Blue-green algal blooms increased in the Gulf of Finland and in the Archipelago Sea, blooms also in abundance in lakes

The number of blue-green algal blooms has increased considerably, especially in south-western and southern sea areas. There are also plenty of blue-green algal blooms in lakes. If predicted heat and c...

More versatile use sought for the Aranda after refitting

The extensive refitting of research vessel Aranda will be completed this summer. The Aranda has been refitted into a modern marine research vessel and the objective is to expand Aranda’s national and ...

The risk of significant blue-green algae blooms in summer 2018 is lower than earlier years in Finnish marine areas

The risk of widespread blue-green algae blooms in Finnish sea areas is less than during the last two years, because the algae have less nutrients available in comparison to previous years. However, si...

A future the planet can accommodate requires policy change in Finland as well

The United Nations Agenda 2030 puts binding goals on countries for the promotion of sustainable well-being. However, research indicates that Finland cannot achieve these goals because our ecological s...


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