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Pollution and environmental risks

In order to combat pollution and risks to the environment, we need new vigour to protect people and the environment. Attention must be paid to the increasing number of pollutants and their combined effects. The policy instruments already in place must be applied more effectively.

Zero pollution requires comprehensive economic and societal changes.

Environmental risks mean risks to human health, the living and working environment, other organisms and the physical environment. Achieving zero pollution requires comprehensive economic and societal changes.
Protecting the ozone layer
The ozone layer protects the earth from the sun's harmful UV radiation. Emissions of substances that deplete the ozone layer have been successfully reduced globally and the ozone layer is gradually recovering.
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Environmental risks of chemicals
Some chemicals are harmful to the environment and to organisms. Although the use of harmful chemicals is restricted, there are still many sources and routes through which they end up in the environment.
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Air pollution control
Page content is in progress. So far, information only about air pollutant emissions in Finland.
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Healthy environment

Finnish residential environments are relatively healthy. Fine particles degrade urban air quality, while noise is a widespread nuisance.

Emissions of harmful air pollutants are decreasing

Emissions of harmful substances into the air are decreasing in Finland and Europe, which also leads to reduced atmospheric depositions and concentrations of the substances in the environment.

The air is mostly clean

Outdoor air quality in Finland has improved and continues to improve. Fine particles are the cause of most concern and health effects.

Exposure to noise is widespread

Environmental noise is still a common scourge in residential areas. Most of the noise pollution is caused by road traffic and quiet areas are few and far between.