Police in Finland, Sweden and Estonia are working with ship lines operating passenger ferries serving the three countries to create tighter regulations on drinking and reduce violent behaviour onboard.
Fosforitin lannoitetehtaan omistava EuroChem syyttää päästöistä tulvia. Yhtiö kertoo padonneensa fosforipitoisia pintavesiä luonnonlampiin tehtaan läheisyyteen ja puhdistavansa vedet ennen kuin ne päätyvät Laukaanjokeen. Tehdas sijaitsee Suomenlahden etelärannikolla Kingiseppissä.
The spring thaw is pushing rivers over their banks in North Ostrobothnia, with record levels expected this weekend.
The Saimaa Canal has opened to shipping for the spring. The icebreaker Protector began clearing a route from the Baltic Sea at 6am on Easter Monday and arrived at Lake Saimaa in the afternoon.
Nutrient levels have increased in Finland’s rivers during December due to recent heavy rains and floods, reports Finland’s Environmental Administration (SYKE). Loads have increased in the province of Uusimaa where greater amounts nutrients have flowed into the sea than during spring floods.
Water levels in some reservoirs in Finnish Lapland are at record low levels. Waters in the Lokka and Porttipahta reservoirs are about a meter and a half below the usual levels. Although summer rains have been normal so far, they have not made up for a shortfall seen last spring. Water levels in Lapland have not been this low since the 1980s.
Oripään asukkaat ovat tiistain kuluessa pohtineet äkillisten kalakuolemien syitä. Myllylähteen rannalta Varsinais-Suomesta löytyi maanantaina satoja kiloja kuolleita särkiä, haukia ja ahvenia. Varsinais-Suomen ELY-keskuksesta arvellaan kalojen kuolleen talven aikana hapen puutteeseen.
The Finnish Metereological Institute is warning of deceptively weak ice conditions on Finland’s waterways. The thickness of ice cover is no longer a reliable indicator of its safety, because as soon as the ice begins to darken in the spring melt, it is time to stop walking on it.
Viinivaaran ja Yli-Kiimingin harjujen pohjavedenottoluvasta on tehty kolmisenkymmentä valitusta. Pohjois-Suomen aluehallintovirasto myönsi Oulun kaupungille vedenottoluvan elokuussa äänestyksen jälkeen.
The Finance Ministry’s budget plan for next year does include funds to help protect the Baltic Sea. At the Baltic Sea Summit in Helsinki last February, Finland vowed to bolster investments in conservation efforts.
Argentina and Uruguay have reached agreement in their dispute over a Finnish-owned pulp mill on the Uruguayan side of the river separating the two countries.
Flooding in southern and south-western Finland appears to be over, and the situation is no longer expected to worsen. The Finnish Environmental Administration says rivers have already reached peak levels.
The mild weekend weather has accelerated the spring thaw in Finland. This year Finland is seeing more extensive flooding than it has in the past decade, according to Bertel Venviläinen, a hydrologist at Finland’s Environmental Administration.
Construction is expected to begin on Finland’s first solar energy plant next year. According to Juha Attenberg, CEO of Sunvoima Oy (Sun Power Ltd), energy production will begin in the spring of 2011.
An unusually small number of Saimaa ringed seal pups were born this year. A population count of the endangered species found only 43 pups, eight less than last year. Experts had expected to observe more than 50. Of those found, three were dead.
The cost of petrol has dropped to less than one euro in Hartola, in southern Finland. Motorists can fill their tanks there for 99 cents a litre, according to the website polttoaine.net.
Talvi saapuu Pohjois-Atlantin tuliperäiseen saarivaltioon tänä vuonna harvinaisen hyytävien tuulien saattelemana. Yhdysvaltain asuntomarkkinoiden roskaluotoista liikkeelle lähtenyt maailmantalouden rahoituskriisi pani pisteen islantilaisten vuosia jatkuneille kulutusjuhlille.
Finland will be host a major NATO disaster response exercise during the first week of June. Held in the capital region, the exercise will include over one thousand personnel from 25 countries.
About 40 percent of Finns and Swedes, and a third of Estonians say they are very worried about pollution in the Baltic Sea and believe something should be done about the problem immediately, finds a poll by Helsingin Sanomat.