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Significant risk of blue-green algae blooms in summer across Finnish sea areas – warm and sunny summer may dramatically increase occurrence of blooms

Press release, June 6, 2019
The risk of significant and widespread blue-green algae blooms in Finnish sea areas matches that of previous years, since the nutrient situation has remained largely the same. This summer brings with it a substantial risk of blue-green algae formations in the Gulf of Finland and the northern part of the Baltic Proper. The risk is moderate in the Finnish Archipelago Sea and the south east Bothnian Sea. In other parts of the Bothnian Sea and the Bay of Bothnia, the risk is low. The weather conditions during the summer will determine whether or not the risk is realised. Read more

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Cascading impacts: Mitigation and adaptation need to go hand in hand

Climate change effects are already being felt worldwide and are likely to amplify in the course of the next century, given current indications of insufficient emissions cuts. This raises the question of how impacts of climate change may be felt beyond the places where they are first recorded. Ever since acid rain, long range transboundary pollution has been an issue. Climate change is transboundary, but how do the cascading impacts appear and how should we address them?



Environmental drug load can be reduced
As the use of pharmaceuticals increases, increasing amounts of drug residues end up in sewage treatment plants. They can be harmful for fish, for example, and they can end up in soil through the utilization of wastewater sludge.  Read more: Environmental drug load can be reduced

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Machine vision against invasive alien species

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Machine vision is used to identify and map invasive alien plant species by utilising a method developed by SYKE and its partners. Using machine vision, it is possible to save thousands of euros when alien species are detected in time and the establishment of viable populations is prevented. More


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