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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 information the EU environmental footprint methodology could bring to the use of third-party verified ecolabels like the Nordic Swan, and by these means, strengthen the competitive advantage of environmentally friendly products.
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, Oulu and Seinäjoki, among others, have committed to the project. Currently, the order encompasses 81 solar power plants with a total power capacity of 1,2 MWp, and the quantity is expected to increase.
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 operations. The tool allows mining operators to prepare for changes in water quantities and floods and ensure the adequacy of the water supply. In addition to this, the system provides information for regulating lake basins. The tool was designed as part of the recently concluded WaterSmart project.
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, entitled Zambian mushrooms and mycology. Being the first four-colour illustrated publication on Zambian mushrooms, the book can be considered as a major cultural achievement, as it might be only the second comprehensive handbook on mushrooms native to the African continent.
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 Finnish Archipelago Sea and the northern part of the Baltic Sea's main basin. In the central and southern parts of the Bothnian Sea and the eastern Gulf of Finland the risk is moderate. In the northern part of the Bothnian Sea and the Bothnian Bay the risk is low.
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