APN Podcast: Can Finland afford not to act on climate change?

Yle News' podcast gets the lowdown on data leaks, sex crimes and climate change.

As climate protesters return to Helsinki's streets, the All Points North podcast asks what are the costs of acting on climate change, and how they compare to the costs of not taking sufficient action now.

Finland's government has argued this autumn about whether to ask agricultural businesses to reduce emissions, in the face of opposition from farmers' lobbyists who said they couldn't afford to do so.

Marita Laukkanen, an economist from VATT research Institute, said she wasn't sure that is the best way to balance the decision.

"Overall, I would summarise that the models tell us that the costs are likely to be higher than the cost of doing something about it now," said Laukkanen. "Of course then there is the intergenerational question that costs will be borne largely by future generations. So, how do we want to think about it? Do we just think about possibly some costs to ourselves of mitigating climate change now or do we not want to do that and instead sweep it all ahead so that our children and grandchildren have to face the consequences and pick up the tab?"

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Foreigners' over-representation in sex crime statistics was in the news again last week, with Yle News and others reporting that nearly 40 percent of rapes were committed by people of foreign background.

The stat seemed familiar, and it was — these figures had been reported more than a year earlier by Statistics Finland, and then used as part of a literature review by a new study on measures to prevent sex crimes.

APN asked Markus Kaakinen, one of the authors of the new report, what his study showed.

"First of all it's worth remembering that committing sexual crimes is very rare," said Kaakinen. "So both in the population and in any social group, only a tiny proportion of individuals is ever suspected of or convicted of sex crimes. So even if we say in the report that having a background of social disadvantage, it still means that people with that background are very unlikely to be sex offenders."

The report found that struggling to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with people and social disadvantage were risk factors, and that early interventions were crucial in preventing sex crime offences.

Also on the show this week we find out more about how Yle journalists handled the Pandora Papers data leak and learn more about Finns implicated in the scandal.

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This week's show was presented by Egan Richardson and Zena Iovino. The producer was Veronica Kontopoulou and the audio engineer was Anders Johansson.

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