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A warmer Arctic will have a large and complex impact to algal production

The warming of the Arctic Ocean could generally increase the primary production provided by algae living in sea ice, but the impact varies greatly between latitudes, claims a study published in the re...

2019-05-09
First overview on chemicalization of aquatic environment completed

A new assessment of levels of harmful substances in Finnish waters has been completed. According to monitoring activities, harmful levels of mercury, fire retardants and surface treatment agents are f...

2019-05-06
Doctoral dissertation: Global warming may change the composition of phytoplankton communities and reduce the carbon flux to higher trophic levels

Global warming changes the composition of phytoplankton communities in marine ecosystems. In some ecosystems, for example in the Baltic Sea, the composition of phytoplankton communities may shift from...

2019-04-09
The updated Climate diet calculator helps in reducing the carbon footprint

The renewed by the Finnish Environment Institute is even clearer than before in guiding people towards tangible actions to reduce the carbon footprint. The user interface of the calculator has been r...

2019-04-08
Tampere joins the Carbon Neutral Municipalities network – the entire city region aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030

Tampere City Region is strengthening its commitment to strict carbon neutrality targets. As the central city of the region, Tampere joined the Carbon Neutral Municipalities (HINKU) network by decision...

2019-04-05
New estimate - every ninth species in Finland is threatened

A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22 000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened, compared to 10.5% in the pr...

2019-03-08
Doctoral dissertation: The duration of the ice cover of Finnish inland waters has shortened, and seasonal winter and spring discharges have increased

The duration of the ice cover on Finnish inland waters has shortened due to milder winters. Correspondingly, the seasonal river discharges in winter and spring have increased, reports a new doctoral d...

2019-02-19
Seaguide.fi is a new map for mariners

Seaguide.fi is a new map for boaters, people with holiday homes and anyone on the coast. The service provides information generated by several Finnish organisations on topics such as the weather and c...

2019-02-08
Advancing assessment of nutrient load impact on coastal water quality

The impact of nutrient load on the quality of coastal waters can now be modelled with improved precision and realism. The new model system developed in the Finnish Environment Instute offers a new too...

2019-01-16
Eeva Primmer appointed new research director of SYKE

Dr Eeva Primmer, PhD in Agriculture and Forestry, Docent (Adjunct Professor) in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki, has been appointed as the new Research Director of the Finnish Envir...

2019-01-10
Large EU Life project for Finland to mitigate climate change

The European Commission has granted 9.1 million euros to Finland to help mitigate climate change. The ‘Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities’ (CANEMURE) project, which has been approved for the Life ...

2018-12-21
Assessment of threatened habitat types in Finland 2018: The status of natural habitats continues to deteriorate

The threat status of habitat types in Finland was evaluated for the second time. Almost half (48%) of the nearly 400 habitat types across the country were assessed to be threatened. In southern Finlan...

2018-12-18
Low exposure of people to microplastics through drinking water

According to a preliminary study, Finnish household water contains only small amounts of microplastics. Water treatment processes effectively remove particles from the raw water that is used in the pr...

2018-11-16
The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute is moving to the Viikki campus

The headquarters of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is moving on 19th November 2018 from the Töölö borough of Helsinki to the University of Helsinki’s Viikki campus (street address: Latokarta...

2018-11-09
For the first time, a smart buoy with an oil sensor is delivering data via satellite in open sea conditions in the Baltic Sea

In October a smart navigation buoy system started to deliver real-time measurement data via satellite, monitoring oil and some other water quality parameters in the Baltic Sea’s water. It is located s...

2018-11-09
Finnish ceramic artists visualise land contamination in Venice research pavilion

Working with Soil, an artistic research project at Aalto University's Department of Design, has been selected as one of the projects for Research Pavilion #3 in Venice. The University of the Arts Hels...

2018-10-25
Changes in snow coverage threatens biodiversity of Arctic nature

Many of the plants on northern mountains depend on the snow melting late in spring and summer. Snow provides shelter from winter extreme events for plants but at the same time it limits the length of ...

2018-10-23
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...

2018-09-28
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...

2018-09-21
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 ...

2018-09-21

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