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Climate change is progressing, and its effects are spreading everywhere. Finland aims to be carbon-neutral, but there is still a way to go.
Climate change can be seen on the one hand as drying up and on the other hand as an increase in humidity. In the picture on the left is dry soil and on the right are wet plants.
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The global climate is changing, and the change is greater than average in Finland’s latitudes. The signs of change are visible: the growing season is getting longer, ice and snow are dwindling, flood risks are increasing, and droughts are threatening to become more frequent. The change puts a strain on nature and accelerates the loss of nature. For people and businesses, climate change means adapting to changing circumstances and new situations.

Targets have been set for mitigating climate change. Finland aims to become carbon-neutral by 2035. This means that climate emissions and carbon sinks will then be in balance. Emissions are already decreasing, but too slowly. They are still 2–3 times larger than the carbon sinks.

Carbon neutrality is achieved by large and small measures

Climate emissions are created by many activities: energy production, transport, agriculture, industry and consumption. The most important carbon sink is the forest. Emissions and sinks form a complex whole, all parts of which play a role in the pursuit of carbon neutrality. Some emissions are controlled by EU-wide emissions trading, while others are covered by a separate reduction plan. It is important that companies, landowners, municipalities and private citizens are involved in emissions-related measures. And this is already happening!

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