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Barnacle goose population declined in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

The total number of barnacle geese grazing on the park lawns of Helsinki and eastern Espoo declined by four per cent compared to 2015. The number of goslings almost halved, declining by 46 per cent, c...

2016-08-05
The growth of the Finnish cormorant population experiences only a slight increase

In the summer of 2016, 25,500 cormorant nests were tallied in Finland. Despite the favourable conditions in the cormorants’ overwintering areas, the population grew by only six percent, i.e. 1,500 nes...

2016-08-01
A new research project analyses synergies between ecolabels, product environmental footprint and circular economy

The objective of the three-year project “The Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Circular Economy and Product Environmental Footprint” by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is to explore what kind of new info...

2016-07-01
Joint procurement of solar power plants to cover 34 municipalities – Tampere Hall to receive its own solar panels

34 municipalities intend to take part in the joint procurement of solar power plants organised by the Finnish Environment Institute and KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy. Of the largest cities, Helsinki, Tampere, ...

2016-07-01
New operative system for managing the water balance of mines

A new tool has been developed for predicting and managing the water balance of mines, which can be used to calculate the water balances of a mining area and produce forecasts to support mining operati...

2016-06-14
Handbook of Zambian mushrooms gaining international recognition

Mycologists Marja Härkönen, Tuomo Niemelä and Heikki Kotiranta along with their Zambian colleague Keddy Mbindo and British colleague Graham Piearce have published a guidebook on Zambian mushrooms, ent...

2016-06-14
Considerable risk of blue-green algal blooms in some of Finland's sea areas in the summer of 2016

According to the estimate of the Finnish Environment Institute’s Marine Research Centre, this year the risk of blue-green algal blooms is considerable in a large part of the Gulf of Finland, the Finni...

2016-06-02
New report on the development of Myanmar’s environmental administration completed with Finnish support

Myanmar is undergoing industrialisation and urbanisation at a rapid pace. According to an assessment conducted by the Finnish Environment Institute, it is important to develop basic functions of Myanm...

2016-05-25
Policy certainty, solidarity and low costs drive Paris Agreement implementation

The historic global climate agreement, the “Paris Agreement” was opened for signature on the 22nd of April 2016. The negotiations on the implementation of the agreement start in May. These negotiation...

2016-05-02
The climate challenge requires significant new innovations for Finnish wood use

An international agreement was made in Paris to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. However, a recent study shows that the current Finnish wood bioeconomy fails to m...

2016-04-27
All municipalities in mainland Finland invited to participate in the joint procurement of solar power

The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has launched a joint procurement of solar power systems, inviting all municipalities and municipal enterprises in Finland to increase their use of solar power. T...

2016-03-02
Number of oil discharges observed at sea decreased

In 2015, the number of suspected illegal discharges of oil reported to Finnish authorities decreased significantly compared to the previous year. Eventually, 47 of the discharges were confirmed to be ...

2016-02-29
Last summer’s fish kill was caused by a toxic dinoflagellate: emerging algal toxins in coastal Finnish waters

Scientists at SYKE Marine Research Centre have related the fish kill in Ersöströmmen near Tammisaari last July to a dinoflagellate species, Karlodinium veneficum, not previously known to form blooms i...

2016-02-24
Investigating long-range transported contaminants in Finnish Lapland

There is little information available on the presence and concentration of contaminants commonly used in consumer goods in the living environment. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Nationa...

2016-02-23
New mapping tool shows how cross-country skiing in Finland is vulnerable to climate change

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) have released a new interactive mapping tool about climate change effects on cross-country skiing in Climate...

2016-02-18
Project assembled by SYKE granted EU funding for the development of Arctic oil spill response

A consortium assembled by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has been granted a significant amount of EU funding for the development of Arctic oil spill response methods and the evaluation of thei...

2016-02-16
Impacts of Baltic inflows on the Baltic Proper

Baltic inflows taken place in the last winter and this winter have improved the oxygen conditions in the near-bottom waters of the Baltic Proper. The area covered by fully anoxic near-bottom water has...

2016-02-11
Number of threatened mammal species decreased in Finland

The number of threatened mammal species decreased by four compared to the previous evaluation. No species were found to be more threatened than before. Conversely, four species, namely the European be...

2016-01-25
Number of threatened bird species increased in Finland

The number of threatened bird species increased by 28 species compared to the previous evaluation, while 21 new species were red-listed. Aquatic and wetland species in particular have become increasin...

2016-01-25
New methods improve the quality of environmental impact assessments

New methods make it easier to recognise and systematically assess the most significant environmental impacts of various projects, and to illustrate the results. They also improve the participation pos...

2016-01-14

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