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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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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


EU fleet maintains high profits mainly thanks to sustainable fishing methods

The 2019 annual economic report on the EU fishing fleet shows that the high levels of economic performance in 2016 have continued into 2017. read more >>


Heatwaves test the limits of energy and water systems in Europe

Heatwaves are affecting the supply of water, which is essential for cooling power plants and for the production of fuels and hydropower. read more >>


By 2050, business as usual will wipe out pristine tropical moist forests the size of more than half the EU

Unless we take action, pristine tropical moist forests more than half the area of the EU will disappear by 2050 – new EU data shows.   read more >>