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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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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 >>


Warming in the Baltic Sea area increases blue-green algae blooms

Since 1990, the Baltic Sea has on average warmed by almost 2 °C, Finnish sea areas even more than that. Nutrient pollution has continued to visibly decrease on this millennium but the surface area of anoxic seabed is at an all-time high. read more >>


Millions of farmers depend on meltwater from Himalaya glaciers

Around 129 million farmers depend on meltwater from the Himalayan glaciers for their crop production and livelihoods. This is shown by an international group of researchers from Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University, among others,... read more >>


Impending threats to biodiversity

The world map illustrates where an expansion of agricultural use will pose a particular threat to biodiversity (red markings). In contrast, the areas marked in yellow show a low biodiversity. An expansion of agricultural land in these regions would therefore mean less loss of biodiversity. Photo: Map: Florian Zabel / Tomáš Václavík

How does the expansion or intensification of arable farming affect global agricultural markets and biodiversity? read more >>


Problem solving in Zanzibar with the expertise of the Finnish Environment Institute

Underwater nature of Zanzibar, Tanzania, is spectacular with its coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove forests. Marine life is however facing severe threats as coastal zone is affected by increasing tourism, coastal building, overfishing and... read more >>


Frankincense in peril

Frankincense is being traded for a few thousand years already and cherished by hundreds of millions worldwide. But its production is expected to half within 2 decades. This is the worrisome conclusion of a study by a group of Ethiopian and Dutch... read more >>