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Envelope 2/2012

June 2012
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Considerable potential for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions of housing, traffic and food in Finland

 

By 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from housing, passenger transport and food in Finland could be decreased by approximately 4.5 million tonnes annually. These are the results of a study conducted by SYKE, the National Consumer Research Centre, and the Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT). Researchers regard the results significant in terms of the emission reduction targets set for Finland. Read more

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New method to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from tropical forests

Researchers of the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), in conjunction with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Tanzanian colleagues, have developed a method for assessing the development of soil carbon reserves in the tropics. The method is currently being used and tested in Tanzania. The FAO introduced the new method at the UN climate conference held in May in Bonn, Germany. Read more
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Targeting at better state of European lakes through cooperation

Lakes serve as important potential for tourism as well as local use offering thus many ecosystem services. However, due to e.g. eutrofication, decreased biodiversity, riotly running alien species and altered water levels, the benefits provided by lakes have been decreased. Finnish Environment Institute is a lead partner in a new three-year EU-funded project LakeAdmin (Interreg 4C), focused on developing lake restorations in Europe. Read more
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Nordic Conference demands immediate action in climate change adaptation

Just like the financial crisis the climate crisis will not vanish by waiting and hoping for the best. Even if greenhouse gas emission reductions would succeed and attenuate the extent of climate change in the upcoming decades, mankind has still to adapt to changes in climate that have already occurred. Climate change adaptation will be discussed in the Second Nordic Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, in Helsinki 29-31 August.  Read more
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Climate change affects floods and water resources in Finland in the 21st century

Climate scenarios project increases in air temperature and precipitation in Finland in the 21st century. Climate change will affect the hydrologic cycle and water resources. In her doctoral dissertation, Noora Veijalainen, M.Sc. (Tech.), who works as a hydrologist at the Finnish Environment Institute, applied hydrological models and several climate scenarios to estimate the impacts of climate change on discharges, water levels and floods in Finland. Read more

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