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The regulation of lakes needs to be adapted to the changing climate. Interviewee: Tanja Dubrovin, SYKE. The video is in Finnish.

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Greenhouse gases at Pallas

Greenhouse gases at Pallas

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Low levels of environmental toxins in Lapland, climate change and new chemicals the main risks

Even though the levels of environmental toxins in the air, water and living organisms in the Finnish Lapland are low, monitoring is needed. According to a report, new chemicals and the impacts of climate change could increase the risk of long-range transport and increased chemical loading. A set of measures is proposed in the report to manage risks.

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Breeding of cows could help to reduce methane emissions

In RuminOmics project one thousand cows were examined in different European countries. The study identified areas in the cow’s genotype which are linked to the amount of methane it produces. Genetic information could help in the breeding of a climate-friendly cow as one third of the methane emissions produced by humans originates in cattle production.

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Joint procurement of solar power plants to cover 34 Finnish municipalities

Currently the joint procurement encompasses 81 solar power plants to be installed on the roofs of properties owned by the municipalities, such as schools, day care centres, service centres and city halls. Joint procurements are an efficient way to create markets for renewable energy and climate-friendly new technologies.

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Climate change forces birches to adapt to new conditions

A project called BETUMICS led by the University of Eastern Finland is currently studying how different birch species adapt to new climate and light conditions. Climate change makes days warmer, not longer.

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New operative system for managing the water balance of mines

A new tool has been developed for predicting and managing the water balance of mines, and to produce forecasts for mining operators. This tool allows mining operators to prepare for changes in water quantities and floods, and ensure the adequacy of the water supply. In addition, it provides information for regulating lakes in the mining area. The tool was designed as part of the WaterSmart project.

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