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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

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Large research project on species-rich meadows in the Netherlands

A team of researchers of Wageningen Research is going to develop a typology of species-rich grasslands in the Dutch "Green Heart". The researchers want to gain insight into the yield, feed value and biodiversity of the grasslands, and see how this is... read more >>

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SYKE Policy Brief: Quantitative goals need to be set for reducing use of raw materials

A circular economy makes it possible to significantly reduce the consumption of raw materials. The advancement of a circular economy requires ambitious quantitative goals for the reduction of the use of raw materials, according to the SYKE Policy... read more >>

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World Water Quality Alliance launched to tackle global water crisis

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission launched the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) in Ispra, Italy, last week. read more >>

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Independent Group of Scientists: The state of global sustainable development is serious, solutions exist

The Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the UN has assessed the state of global sustainable development as worrying. Although positive developments can be found in the world, certain issues may prevent further progress. The Independent Group... read more >>

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European forests under heavy pressure from climate change

European forests are now heavily suffering from climate change. Latest reports state that mortality in spruce forests alone will amount to 100 million m³ this year. Furthermore, European forests face challenges with declining biodiversity, but also... read more >>

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Recent monitoring results: Areas suffering from oxygen depletion in the Gulf of Finland have increased from last summer

In the Gulf of Finland, the areas suffering from oxygen depletion have expanded from last summer. The anoxic areas and areas with very low oxygen in the Baltic Proper are approximately similar in size than in the autumn of 2018, when the Swedish... read more >>

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eLTER RI takes the next big step

Quantifying gas exchange of various tree species / SMEAR II, Hyytiälä Forestry Station, University of Helsinki (Finland) Photo: Juho Aalto

The European Commission approves funding for the preparation of the European Long-Term Ecosystem Research Infrastructure read more >>

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SYKE Policy Brief: Much work remains to be done on behalf of sustainability in mining

According to the new Policy Brief publication by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), environmental points of view must be considered in all phases of a mine's life cycle, from ore prospecting, all the way to the closing of the mine, and... read more >>

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Assessment of the status of Finland’s waters: Status of lakes and rivers about the same as before, coastal waters have deteriorated

A new assessment of the ecological status of surface waters in Finland shows that 87% of the surface area of our lakes and 68% of our rivers are in good or very good condition. Eutrophication is still the most significant problem. There have been no... read more >>

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Six questions about the causes and effects of wildfires in the Amazon

The forests in the Amazon are referred to as ‘the lungs of the planet’. Although this metaphor does not cover things completely (lungs take oxygen in and emit CO2; growing forests absorb CO2 and emit oxygen), the area itself is very important for... read more >>