Thursday's papers: Climate strike, avalanche risk and liquorice pipes
Students missing school for climate protest, extreme weather causing more avalanches in Lapland and the regulation of liquorice pipes are among Thursday's headlines.
Finland's future - Even darker winters with temperatures like Hungary?
Average temperatures in Finland are rising nearly twice as fast as in the rest of the world, says the Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI. New projections suggest the warming trend is most pronounced during winter.
3,600 lightning strikes in one day set summer record
Sunday’s storms over eastern Finland caused widespread power outages and some flooding, with extreme weather set to continue into the start of the week.
Mixed reactions in Finland to Paris climate accord
Nearly 200 world leaders celebrated in Paris Saturday after signing an unprecedented pact to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While politicians and business leaders praised the agreement, some NGOs said it still didn't go far enough.
FMI chief: Paris 1.5 degree goal unrealistic
Many countries at the Paris climate summit opted to pursue a maximum global warming limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of the originally proposed 2-3 degrees. Finnish Meteorological Institute director Petteri Taalas says the goal is not an easy one to reach.
Electricity grid upgrade heralds bigger bills for consumers
Finnish electricity companies plan to spend close to seven billion euros to upgrade the distribution network and to ensure that storms and other forms of extreme weather won’t cause blackouts in the future. However building a more reliable distribution grid could mean customers will face bigger electricity bills, particularly in rural areas.
Storm winds batter western Finland, move east – Fresh storm en route
Much of Finland is feeling the force of storm-strength winds on Wednesday. Meteorologists are warning of the risk that power lines might be cut in the extreme conditions, while ferry companies have cancelled services because of the extreme weather. Yle meteorologists also warn of a renewed storm front moving in over the weekend.
Typhoon delays continue for Finnair
Finnair has been forced to delay flights from Helsinki to Hong Kong by at least six hours because of typhoon Usagi. The storm had earlier forced Finnair to cancel Saturday’s flight.
EU Nuclear Safety Under Survey
EU nuclear safety officials are looking at how prepared nuclear power plants across Europe are for extreme weather conditions and events. Finland has already begun its study, which involves inspecting safety at its nuclear power plants during periods of extreme cold.
Forecasters Say A Hot Summer Just Once in a Lifetime
The Finnish Meteorological Institute believes a middle-aged Finn will experience a hot summer of the kind enjoyed this year only once in his or her lifetime. However, those of childhood age could expect more hot summers at ten to fifteen year intervals later in the century.
Train Delays Hit Record High
Extreme weather this year in Finland has contributed to a record number of train delays. Last winter's long period of bitter cold and this summer's storms have cost the rail sector more than 20 million euros.
Blizzard Hits Rail and Air Traffic
A severe overnight snow blizzard has led to extensive disruption of both local and long distance rail traffic. Flights from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport have also been delayed.
Parliament Discusses Asian Disaster Relief
The government gave a report to parliament on Thursday over its actions immediately after the Asian tsunami disaster. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen admitted that collating information from the disaster area had posed problems.