Watching The Finnish… August 2010

Finnish climate change news

Finnish Meteorological Institute: Record-breaking temperatures in July

Helsingin Sanomat: Dry spell shrinks summer’s mushroom and berry yield (Aug 4)

Helsingin Sanomat: Warm winds have brought several new species of insects and birds to Finnish shores

Helsingin Sanomat: Thousands in rural areas of Eastern Finland still without electricity after Friday storm (Aug 2)

Yle: Recent Storms Caused Havoc to Forests

Helsingin Sanomat: Affected areas still struggling in aftermath of last week’s major storm (Aug 4)
“About a million cubic metres worth of wood lie on the ground in the area where the storm hit. This is the equivalent of about one per cent of the Finnish annual growth in forests.”

Yle: Storm Destroys Campground in Central Finland

Helsingin Sanomat: Freak storm wreaks havoc at campground in Central Finland on Wednesday afternoon; three injured (Aug 5)

Yle: Thousands without Power after Another Big Storm

Yle: Compensation Questions in Aftermath of Recent Storms

Yle: Storm Costs Estimated at 30 Million

Yle: Storm Causes Train Crash, Disrupts Service

Yle: Injuries at Sudden Storm at Pori Music Festival

Helsingin Sanomat: Sonisphere storm victim dies from head injuries (Aug 13)

Yle: Power Companies Expect to Pay Millions following Blackouts

Yle: Estimate of Storm Damage to Forests Revised Upwards
“In less than two weeks, high winds have felled trees with a volume of wood of more than two million cubic metres.”

Yle: STUK: No Need to Worry Over Radioactive Fall-out from Russia

Helsingin Sanomat: Smoke from forest fires in Russia spreads across Finland during weekend (Aug 9)

STUK: Smoke from Russian forest fires has not increased radioactivity in Finland

Helsingin Sanomat: Strong winds carry migratory locusts to Finland from Russia (Aug 20)

Statistics Finland: Consumption of hard coal increased by 34 per cent in the first half of the year

Helsingin Sanomat: Group of VTT researchers feel they have been pressured into silence (Aug 23)

Helsingin Sanomat: Receding ice may uncover Arctic riches

Helsingin Sanomat: Rising temperatures could boost populations of harmful insects (Aug 12)

Kristiina Karhu: Temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition in boreal soils (doctoral dissertation), see also the press release

Mikko Sipilä: Insights into Atmospheric Nucleation (doctoral dissertation)