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The Sea and the Cities

The Baltic Sea is one of the largest brackish water bodies in the world. It is an especially sensitive sea, because it is a shallow and semi-enclosed body of water that receives a considerable load of pollutants from the surrounding countries. The pollution of the sea has become one of the most important common environmental issues for countries in Northern Europe. Today's environmental problems are, however, the collective result of political decisions made in the past. Hence there is an evident need to understand the current environmental changes of the Baltic Sea from historical perspectives.

 

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Finland: The Owl and the Financier - Forbes India

Finland: The Owl and the Financier - Forbes India | Finland | Scoop.it

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A Great Grey Owl hunts field mice

 

The voles, Leena’s email says, are numerous.

It’s what we’ve been waiting to hear all through the Northern winter. Her earlier reports on Finland’s vole population contained a map of the country, colour-coded to indicate the vole density. We are happy for the voles (small mouse-like rodents), but what we’re really interested in is their predator: Owls.

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Harbour porpoises have been spotted in Finnish waters even this summer - Helsingin Sanomat

Harbour porpoises have been spotted in Finnish waters even this summer - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it
In order to collect sightings, the Ministry of the Environment is running a campaign in cooperation with the WWF, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research...
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How Do the Finns Do Sustainability? Part I « Sustaining Places

How Do the Finns Do Sustainability? Part I « Sustaining Places | Finland | Scoop.it
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Decision on leaky UK ship due Tuesday

Decision on leaky UK ship due Tuesday | Finland | Scoop.it
A British cargo ship is leaking hydraulic oil into the sea at Helsinki’s Vuosaari port. Efforts are underway to contain the leak from the M/S Longstone, which is due to damage to the vessel’s propeller tunnel.
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City Dwellers Produce as Much Carbon Dioxide as Countryside People Do, Finnish ... - Science Daily (press release)

City Dwellers Produce as Much Carbon Dioxide as Countryside People Do, Finnish ... - Science Daily (press release) | Finland | Scoop.it
Most previous studies have indicated that people in cities have a smaller carbon footprint than people who live in the country. By using more complex methods of analysis than in the past, scientists at Aalto University in Finland have discovered that people's carbon emissions are practically the same in the city and in the rural areas. More than anything else, CO2 emissions are dependent upon the amount of goods and services people consume, not where they live.
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VisitFinland - Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park

VisitFinland -  Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park | Finland | Scoop.it
With only 270 individuals in existence the Saimaa Ringed Seal is the most endangered animal in Finland. Kolovesi National Park, a paradise for paddlers in June, offers the best chance to spot one of these rare creatures.

The Saimaa Ringed Seals were separated from their seawater cousins after the last great ice age when Lake Saimaa, Finland's biggest lake, was cut off from the nearby Baltic Sea.
A primary reason for the establishment of Kolovesi National Park in 1990 was for the protection of this unique freshwater seal and its natural habitat. The park has the highest concentration of seals in Lake Saimaa.
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Human error is greatest risk factor for the sensitive and crowded Baltic Sea

Human error is greatest risk factor for the sensitive and crowded Baltic Sea | Finland | Scoop.it
Activists fighting against spectre of oil catastrophe in the Baltic Sea swear by cooperation

Rather than rusting or un-reinforced ships or challenging conditions, human beings are the greatest risk for the Baltic Sea.
”The captains of vessels are stubborn creatures - and men”, describes Mathias Bergman, Secretary General of the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG).
Monitoring systems can be used to guide shipping from shore, but it is mere guidance. If the captain obstinately refuses to change his course of action, nobody can do anything about it. The problem is that the Baltic Sea is one of the most sensitive and most crowded sea areas on the planet.
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The Great Reversal is Under Way in our Forests

The Great Reversal is Under Way in our Forests | Finland | Scoop.it
New research shows that forests in many regions across the planet are actually becoming larger carbon sinks, thanks to an increase in density, if not in spread. Europe and North America both saw increases in carbon storage despite little to no expansion of the forest areas.

The study, conducted by conducted by Rockefeller University scientists with colleagues at Connecticut’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Helsinki in Finland, and published online in the open-access journal PLoS One, gives great hope in a day and age where most environmental news seems to be another indictment on the human race.
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Energy and Environment Partnership Between Finland and Indonesia - ScandAsia.com

Energy and Environment Partnership Between Finland and Indonesia - ScandAsia.com | Finland | Scoop.it
The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) between Finland and Indonesia was receltly launched in the National Bio Energy Summit held in Jakarta. Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Päivi Alatalo was invited as a guest speaker in the opening ceremony of the two-day combined seminar and exhibition.
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dave's blog of art and programming | HENVI and Finnish Bioarts Society

dave's blog of art and programming | HENVI and Finnish Bioarts Society | Finland | Scoop.it
I spent the morning on Kallvikinniemi with HENVI (the University of Helsinki Centre for the Environment) and the Finnish Bioarts Society learning about 3 new projects involving Forests and Climate Change, Sustainable Urban Development through Ecosystem Services and Multidisciplinary Baltic Sea Research. All of these project are interested in collaborating with artists for public engagement and multidisciplinary work - calls will be made by the Bioarts Society later in the year.
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Good News from Finland - Outokumpu snaps up ISSF sustainability award

Good News from Finland - Outokumpu snaps up ISSF sustainability award | Finland | Scoop.it
–The operation of the Sheffield melting shop case is an excellent example of sustainable development. Minimizing waste is in everyone's interest and this case demonstrates significant improvements with clear figures, noted the ISSF Health & Environment Committee chairman David Martin.
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Environment | City of Helsinki

Environment | City of Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Sustainable thinking

In Helsinki, environmental issues such as efficient use of energy and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are considered extremely important. Environmental issues are crucial in the planning of new districts, and in developing the public transport system further.

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Finland's major cities combat global warming - YLE News

Finland's major cities combat global warming - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it

Mayors of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Turku, Oulu and Tampere made a joint climate declaration on Wednesday in a meeting held at Helsinki's old town hall, Vanha Raatihuone.

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Water quality improves in the Gulf of Finland

Water quality improves in the Gulf of Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The positive impact from St Petersburg’s new waste water purification plants
is already visible in the Gulf of Finland.
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Research ship investigates Baltic Sea radiation levels

Research ship investigates Baltic Sea radiation levels | Finland | Scoop.it
The maritime research vessel Aranda will start a voyage on Saturday aimed at
determining the condition of waters in the eastern Gulf of Finland.
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Finnair introducing biofuel flights

Finnair introducing biofuel flights | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnair plans to start its first flights using a mix of biofuel and regular aviation fuel next week.
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Kiitos and Mosquitoes: Cameron reports from the 6th ESEH Conference in Turku, Finland | NiCHE

Kiitos and Mosquitoes: Cameron reports from the 6th ESEH Conference in Turku, Finland | NiCHE | Finland | Scoop.it
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The 2011 European Society for Environmental History conference, “Encounters of Sea and Land” is missing a word in its title: “Sun.” 24 hours of daylight and it’s a heatwave. Today is Saturday, the day after Canada Day, and the conference in Turku, Finland’s oldest city, has been ‘illuminating’ in every sense...
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Surfbirds News: Criticism of Finland’s Spring Hunting of Common Eider

Surfbirds News: Criticism of Finland’s Spring Hunting of Common Eider | Finland | Scoop.it
The population of common eider Somateria mollissima in the Baltic Sea has dramatically declined over the last decades. Nevertheless, the local government of Åland, an autonomous group of islands belonging to Finland, has re-opened spring hunting of common eiders as of 1st of May. The BirdLife Partners in Denmark, Sweden and Finland protest against spring hunting and call for the EU to take action to protect this vulnerable population.
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Stora Enso's recycling technology awarded by EU - Good News from Finland

Stora Enso's recycling technology awarded by EU - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The European Union has awarded Stora Enso and its partner Alucha Recycling Technologies with the ”Best of the Best” LIFE environment award 2010. The award is used to promote projects that have a positive effect on the environment.

”Fiber-based beverage cartons are a great packaging product because it is a natural material with low carbon footprint that comes from renewable resources and it is highly recyclable,” relates Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President at Stora Enso Packaging.


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Risk of blue-green algal blooms high in the Gulf of Finland - environment.fi

Risk of blue-green algal blooms high in the Gulf of Finland - environment.fi | Finland | Scoop.it
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Forests fight back all over the world - Nature, Environment - The Independent

Forests fight back all over the world - Nature, Environment - The Independent | Finland | Scoop.it
The research, carried out by teams from the University of Helsinki and New York's Rockefeller University, shows that forests are thickening in 45 of 68 countries, which together account for 72 per cent of global forests. ..
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Vaisala offers earlier detection of volcanic ash - Good News from Finland

Vaisala offers earlier detection of volcanic ash - Good News from Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish environmental and industrial measurement company says new technology in its GLD360 detects lighting produced by volcanic eruptions which is a key indicator of potential ash cloud bursts.
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International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management meets in Helsinki

Ministry of the Environment and Finnish Environment Institute

The eighth official meeting of the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, part of the UN environmental programme UNEP, will be held in Helsinki from 29 May to 1 June. Among other issues, the meeting will focus on the material flows of the global metal industry and the availability of minerals, as well as the sufficiency of natural resources and the environmental impact of their utilisation.
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Good News from Finland - Swappingthings online

Good News from Finland - Swappingthings online | Finland | Scoop.it
Netcycler is an environmentally friendly service that lets people recycle second-hand goods. The service does not require money; the goods to be swapped act as the currency.
The Netcycler service for swapping second-hand goods came about from a desire to make a difference. The service, which has increased its number of users ten-fold in a year, is currently experiencing rapidly growing demand throughout the world.
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