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Friday's papers: PM meets Google boss, "climate pens" gifted, blue-green algae spike

PM Rinne meets Sundar Pichai, Helsingin Sanomat hands out special pens in New York and bacteria are found in chilly waters.

Satelliittikuva näyttää sinilevätilanteen 24.7.2019. Vaaleanvihreät alueet meressä ovat veteen sekoittunutta sinilevää.
Cyanobacteria sometimes form even in cold weather. Image: Original bild: © ESA Copernicus Sentinel-3 Data, Finlands miljöcentral (2019)

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne will meet CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai in Helsinki on Friday in a meeting whose purpose was still a secret in the morning hours, papers such as daily tabloid Iltalehti wrote.

The paper quotes Pichai's own Google blog post from Thursday, where he announced the company's "biggest renewable energy purchase ever" and that his first-time visit to Finland would include more details on the bundle of 18 new energy deals that Google will soon be rolling out.

The deals will reportedly "span the globe" and include investments in the United States, Chile and Europe.

IL reports that the meeting is on Friday in the Government Palace overlooking the Senate Square.

Yle News will cover the meeting and any new developments as they occur following the government press briefing at 10:10pm.

Paper makes point with CO2 pens

In the run-up to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, 21-23 September, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat announced on Friday that it would be giving a special gift to President Sauli Niinistö, Finnish MPs and each of the G20 leaders who will be gathered together in the Big Apple on Monday.

HS reported that it had commissioned the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) to create a pen made using carbon dioxide, one of the main pollutants causing climate change. Researchers altered the composition of CO2 molecules to make carbon black, a material used for many industrial purposes, which provides the pigment for the ink inside the writing implements.

The HS editorial on Friday expressed the hope that decision-makers could use the "climate pens" to sign important agreements – "to write history, as well as the future", according to editor-in-chief Kaius Niemi.

The editorial begins with a reminder that the hole in the Earth's ozone layer is smaller now than it has been in 30 years thanks to a global outcry in the 1980s, and that a similar but vaster planet-wide push would be necessary to combat climate change.

Global climate strikes are planned by individuals and organisations around the world from 20 to 27 September.

Last algae story of the year

Locally speaking, a change is being felt in the weather as autumn progresses and temperatures begin to stay down around 10 degrees Celsius in Finland. As the last of summer's warmth ends, so does the day-to-day monitoring of Finland's waters by the national Järviwiki service.

However, Tampere region paper Aamulehti wrote one more article on the dreaded threat known as blue-green algae – actually bacteria – that proliferate in warm, nutrient-rich water in lakes and coastal areas. The harmful slime is usually a summertime problem, but AL wrote Friday that blue-green blooms had increased dramatically in the Pirkanmaa region despite an ongoing cold snap.

Järviwiki's bacterial barometer showed an uncommon prevalence of Cyanobacteria for the time of year. The phenomenon is not rare as such, but occurs due to the thermal stratification of lakewaters that churns up the different levels of water mass, mixing nutrients and bacteria together on the surface.

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