Watching The Finnish… 22/2009 (May 25 – May 31)

Finnish coverage of foreign climate change news

The following topics were mentioned:

The global human impact of climate change: currently 300,000 human deaths a year, and getting worse
See Global Humanitarian Forum: Human Impact Report: Climate Change – The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis
Large-scale agricultural burning in Eurasia and North America is having a much greater impact on Arctic watming than previously thought
See University of New Hampshire
EU greenhouse gas emissions fall for third consecutive year
See European Environment Agency
World energy use projected to grow 44 percent between 2006 and 2030
See U.S. Energy Information Administration
The melting tundra becomes a net carbon source after an initial 15 years of enhanced plant growth
See Nature

See the About page for more info, and this page for my further remarks in Finnish.

Finnish climate change news

YLE: NY Times: Olkiluoto Serves as Cautionary Tale

Helsingin Sanomat: New York Times highlights “cautionary tale” of Olkiluoto nuclear reactor project

See also the discussion outside Finland: The New York Times (James Kanter), Green Inc. (James Kanter), Climate Progress. Also mentioned by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Helsingin Sanomat: UN Secretary-General begins visit to Finland

Parliament of Finland: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Eduskunta

Helsingin Sanomat: UN Secretary-General meets with Finnish NGOs
Finnish environmental group disappointed by UN leader’s views on climate.
…”Disappointed”, really? You can read Leo Stranius’s speech here.

Finnish Meteorological Institute: Finnish Meteorological Institute to start warning about heavy rains – without referring to the climate change.

Paroc: “Finland’s first passive house is ready for its first inhabitants” (in Finnish).

Helsingin Sanomat: City of Helsinki and Shell quarrel over EUR 600,000 cleaning bill for leasehold site
“‘This has taken us by surprise. One would think that the company would embrace its pro-environmental image, instead of arguing over petty cash’, says Katariina Kurenlahti from the Environmental Administration.”