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Efficient waste water treatment processes can help reduce the pharmaceutical load released into the environment

The load of active pharmaceutical ingredients released into the environment can be reduced by treating waste water at primary sources, such as hospitals, healthcare institutes, households and pharmaceutical industry, and by boosting waste water...

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Recent surge in EU forest harvesting, according to JRC study

The total area of forests 'clear-cut' harvested in the EU in 2016-2018 was 49% higher than in 2011-2015, according to a JRC study published in Nature.

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Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) on human skin. Photo: ©RealityImages / AdobeStock

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species

In a new study, scientists from around the world warn that the threats posed by invasive alien species are increasing. They say that urgent action is required in order to prevent, detect, and control invaders at both local and global levels.

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The MAAMERI project investigates how the ecosystem of the Archipelago Sea reacts to changes in the nutrient load

Despite long-term work on water protection, the condition of the marine environment of the Archipelago Sea has not improved as hoped. The aim has been to improve the condition of the sea with water protection measures in the catchment area, but the...

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Climate emissions of municipalities increased by less than one per cent during 2018

According to a recent calculation by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), municipal climate emissions increased by 0.6 per cent in 2018 compared to the previous year.

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A comprehensive review of the impacts of variable retention forestry and restoration methods in Fennoscandia — a shared view of an international research group on supporting forest biodiversity

Finnish, Swedish and Russian researchers highlight the ecological effects of forestry in Fennoscandia in five review articles published in the journal Ecological Processes. The summarized research suggests that the amount of dead trees in commercial...

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Flood and drought

New national Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure in the UK

The UK Natural Environment Research Council is funding a consortium, led by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), in a 15-month study to scope the requirements for a new national Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure.

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Updated urban-rural classification: Finland’s degree of urbanisation currently at over 72 per cent

According to the urban-rural classification updated by the Finnish Environment Institute, more than 72 per cent of the Finnish population now reside in the urban areas of the country. The degree of urbanisation has increased more than two percentage...

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The butterfly species Small Blue (Cupido minimus). Photo: Erk Dallmeyer

Turning the spotlight on insects

The European Union's (EU) network of Natura 2000 conservation areas is designed to protect endangered animal and plant species and their habitats. But it also benefits a large number of non-target species. However, these beneficiaries are unevenly...

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Deforestation and forest degradation a major threat to global biodiversity

The 2020 edition of The State of the World's Forests (SOFO), published last week, calls for urgent action to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation.

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