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Weather extremes affect the elderly often more than other people. Interviewee: Timothy Carter, SYKE.

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Greenhouse gases at Pallas

Greenhouse gases at Pallas

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Weather and climate risks should be managed efficiently

Maintaining security and the central functions vital to society requires active preparation for extreme weather conditions. Preparation should take into account that climate change may change extreme weather conditions, their frequency and severity. Thus, preparing for extreme weather conditions is also part of the adaptation to climate change. ELASTINEN research project produced an overall assessment of the management of weather and climate risks and evaluated ways to promote management of these risks in various sectors.

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New mapping tool shows where the elderly may be vulnerable to climate change

The population of Finland is projected to age significantly in future decades. Over the same period, the Finnish climate is expected to become warmer, leading to changes in the number and severity of extreme weather events that could have important impacts on the health of elderly people. In order to illustrate changes in the risks of climate change for the elderly, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute have developed a vulnerability mapping tool for Climateguide.fi.

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The accuracy of weather types in climate models depends on the resolution of the models

A new research used climate model material and an automated classification programme to calculate the frequency and persistence of weather types and the probability of transitioning between weather types in the Australian region. According to the results, the models that simulated the frequencies of the weather types in a realistic way also simulated their persistence and the probabilities of transitioning in a realistic way.

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Finland ratifies the Paris Agreement

Finland is now among the countries which have ratified the Paris climate change agreement. President of Finland Sauli Niinistö ratified the Paris Agreement on 11 November 2016 The ratification document was delivered to the UN Secretary-General in New York on 14 November. So far the agreement has been ratified by 110 parties, representing 77% of the global green house gas emissions.

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Carbon dioxide emissions can be monitored from space

Finnish scientists have produced the first global maps showing the human emissions of carbon dioxide made from satellite observations. Previous maps have incorporated also modelling results, but with the new technique the uncertainties from modelling can be avoided. The maps show the Earth's highest-emitting regions to be eastern United States, central Europe and East Asia.

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