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Climate Barometer 2019: Finns wish to have solutions to climate crisis at the heart of policy-making

Press release, March 18, 2019, Ministry of the Environment
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. The Climate Barometer 2019 survey was conducted to find out what the Finns think about climate change and climate policy before the general elections. An analysis was also made of how the views have changed since 2015. Read more about the results of Climate Barometer.

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Press release February 8, 2019, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Metsähallitus, the Geological Institute of Finland, the Finnish Heritage Agency, the Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, the maritime spatial planning coordination group and the Government of Åland
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Monitoring and assessment of environmental impacts of chemical spills in the Baltic Sea

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This publication resulting from the project is intended to guide authorities responsible for post-spill environmental monitoring and assessment, and to help them to understand how complex issues they might be dealing with due to the wide range of chemicals currently transported. The main goal of the publication is to create better preparedness for establishing an effective post-spill monitoring programme especially in the Baltic Sea, area and it is primarily targeted at decision-makers responsible for the planning and implementation of environmental monitoring after a sudden chemical spill at sea. Read more