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  • Ministry of the Environment investigates the use of plastics in buildings – ARA, Senate Properties and the University of Helsinki studying how to reduce the use of plastics in their construction projects 2019-04-05
    A study by the Ministry of the Environment on the use of plastics in residential buildings and day-care centres reveals that plastics can be found in all parts of buildings. The amount of plastics in individual buildings, however, is very small when compared to the other materials. Some of these plastics would be relatively easy to recycle or replace using other solutions.
  • National Report on Biodiversity in Finland: Biodiversity still on the decline despite rigorous work 2019-03-29
    Finland’s broad-based working group on biodiversity has approved the sixth national report on the conservation of biodiversity in Finland. According to the report, Finland has engaged in rigorous, well-coordinated work to halt the decline in biodiversity, but the changes in practices throughout society have not been sufficient. As a result, we will not reach our target of halting biodiversity loss in Finland by 2020.
  • Key Project increases sustainability of Finland’s food system 2019-03-26
    Climate change, protecting our water resources and ensuring the sustainability of food production require a shift to a system in which nutrients circulate. Over the past three years, the Key Government Project promoting the circular economy has invested more than EUR 30 million in water protection and nutrient recycling. Has Finland reached its goal of becoming a model country for nutrient and energy self-sufficiency?
  • Climate Barometer 2019: Finns wish to have solutions to climate crisis at the heart of policy-making 2019-03-18
    The Finns wish to see solutions to the climate crisis among the priority themes of the next government term and Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. Growing numbers of Finns have also changed their own behaviour to mitigate climate change. These are the conclusions to be made from a survey carried out by Kantar TNS, commissioned by the Steering Group for Central Government Climate Communications.
  • New estimate — every ninth species in Finland is threatened 2019-03-08
    A new assessment of threatened species indicates an increasing loss of biodiversity in Finnish nature. Of the 22 000 species evaluated, 11.9% were classified as threatened, compared to 10.5% in the previous assessment. All species groups include threatened species, and the highest proportion can be found among birds and bryophytes (mosses). The primary cause of threat is the decline and deterioration of natural habitat. Much can be done to stop this development, but urgent action is needed.
  • Restoration of Urban Longinoja Brook Wins Finnish Biodiversity Award 2017-2018 2019-02-25
    Perseverance in the voluntary restoration of the urban brook of Longinoja in the Malmi suburb of Helsinki won the Finnish Biodiversity Award 2017-2018. The winner was chosen by the National Committee of Finland of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. The award was given out in Helsinki on 25 February 2019 by Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing Kimmo Tiilikainen.
  • Minister Tiilikainen of Finland invites European colleagues to discuss next steps for circular economy 2019-02-11
    Ministers and state secretaries from nine European countries will meet in Espoo, Finland on 11–12 February to discuss how the circular economy can mitigate climate change, how cities and regions can advance the circular economy and how the textile sector can develop circular economy solutions.
  • Nordic countries agree on closer cooperation to tackle the climate crisis 2019-01-25
    At their meeting in Helsinki on Friday 25 January, the Prime Ministers and ministers responsible for climate issues of the Nordic countries decided to speed up their climate actions. The Nordic countries aim to follow the 1.5 Degree Report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC in October even more closely when deciding on their policies.
  • Professor Janne Kotiaho appointed as chair of Finnish national IPBES panel 2019-01-18
    “The Panel is finding solutions for questions that will decide the fate of humankind”, says professor.
  • Negotiators agree on stringent rules for Paris Climate Agreement 2018-12-18
    Negotiators at the Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland have reached a deal on implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Moving forward, the countries will monitor their emissions and report on them according a uniform set of rules. They will also communicate comprehensively about their commitments to reduce emissions. Special allowances for developing countries have to do primarily with delays in reporting and the level of detail required in the reports.
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