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Two new nature conservation areas to Russia near the Finnish border

At the end of the Year of the Environment 2017 Russia decided to establish a new National Park in the Lake Ladoga archipelago and a new Nature Park on the islands of the Eastern Gulf of Finland and th...

2018-01-15
Local authorities offered possibility to take part in extensive joint procurement of electric and natural gas-powered cars

Local authorities have the possibility to join Finland's largest joint procurement of cars powered by electricity and natural gas. The goal of the joint procurement by the Finnish Environment Institut...

2017-12-19
Helsinki builds steps towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

A high-level international panel of scientific experts will convene in Helsinki on 12 and 13 December. It will prepare assessments based on research data and draw up recommendations to achieve the goa...

2017-12-08
Ten municipalities to become forerunners of the circular economy

Ten Finnish municipalities − Ii, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Porvoo, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Turku and Vantaa − have committed themselves to promoting the circular economy in an ambitious an...

2017-11-20
Global cooler at risk – reducing black carbon emissions should be a priority

Over the coming weeks, climate change mitigation and the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be discussed in Bonn. In support of climate change mitigation, the Finnish Environment Institute (SY...

2017-11-06
Efficient nutrient recycling calls for a policy reform

According to a recent Finnish study, efficient utilisation of nutrients requires a policy reform. Normative guidance should better support the processing of organic side streams, such as manure, into ...

2017-10-20
Swan Ecolabel to promote circular economy

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel could be further developed with the aim of promoting a circular economy by setting criteria for recycled products and environmentally friendly sharing economy services. Requir...

2017-09-21
Realising the health benefits of nature through urban planning

The health and well-being impacts of contacts with nature are increasingly being discussed in relation to environmental policies in Finland and around Europe. Access to nature is important even in den...

2017-08-24
Marine research vessel Aranda will be completely refurbished – modification of this special vessel poses a challenge to Finnish shipbuilding expertise

The almost 30-year-old Aranda will undergo a renovation at Rauma Marine Constructions’ (RMC) shipyard in Rauma. The repairs will involve a seven-metre extension to the vessel, which will become more e...

2017-08-17
New method of sea bottom remediation to be studied in Töölö Bay

The sea bottom near cities is often damaged by harmful substances introduced through human activity. The same environments also often suffer from eutrophication. A research project is being carried o...

2017-08-11
Finland’s cormorant population at previous summer’s level

A total of approximately 25,750 cormorant nests were counted in the summer of 2017. It is likely that the cormorant population is about to reach its natural peak in Finland.

2017-08-03
Finns value urban living

According to the latest “Asukasbarometri” (Residents’ barometer) survey, more and more Finns want to live in an urban environment. Urbanisation is also seen in changes in life style such as the increa...

2017-06-20
Coastal spatial planning forms the basis for sustainable business activities

The planning of coastal spatial management enables account to be taken of the effects of land-sea activities on coastal nature and local business activities. The objective of such planning is to exami...

2017-06-13
Significant blue-green algae blooms possible in Finnish marine areas during 2017 summer

The risk for vast blue-green algae blooms in the Gulf of Finland is greater than during previous years. The exceptional nutritional conditions are caused partially by major Baltic inflows from the Nor...

2017-06-01
Flood Centre warnings now available in the renewed Weather application

The renewed Weather application allows you to access five-day weather and flood warnings on your mobile device. The service is part of cooperation between the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) an...

2017-04-10
Finnish research institutes planning centre in Chile to develop quality of environmental measurements

An international project has been launched at the Finnish Environment Institute to plan a national Center for Environmental Reference in Chile together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VT...

2017-04-05
HINKU municipalities reduce climate emissions by nearly a third in eight years

Emissions from municipalities in the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network declined by an average 29 percent in 2007 - 2015. The greatest decreases in emissions were in the municipality of Ii ...

2017-03-29
Real-time monitoring of oil compounds installed in Tallinn-Stockholm ferry

The EU-funded project GRACE 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 that...

2017-03-24
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 fa...

2017-03-21
Number of oil discharges observed at sea have remained nearly unchanged

In 2016, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities remained almost unchanged compared to the previous year. Eventually, 48 of the discharges were confirmed to b...

2017-03-15

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