Watching The Finnish… September 2010

Finnish climate change news

Yle: Government May Re-Examine Energy Taxes

Helsingin Sanomat: Energy industry criticises shortcomings of energy tax proposal (Sep 8)

Helsingin Sanomat: Technical Research Centre of Finland linked with peat lobbyists (Sep 9)

Helsingin Sanomat: VTT technology manager sees no conflict of interest over links with Peat Society (Sep 10)

Helsingin Sanomat: Dispute continues over impact of proposed energy tax changes (Sep 13)

Yle: Katainen Revises Energy Tax Proposal

Helsingin Sanomat: Government agrees to make changes in energy tax proposal (Sep 14)

Helsingin Sanomat: Åland in dispute with mainland over wind power subsidies (Sep 16)

Helsingin Sanomat: For peat’s sake

Helsingin Sanomat: Fortum to invest EUR 160 million in wind farm in Northern Sweden (Sep 1)

Helsingin Sanomat: Vanhanen suspected he might have to disqualify himself from nuclear decision (Sep 20)

Helsingin Sanomat: Environment Minister Lehtomäki’s husband has major interest in mining company (Sep 22)

Yle: Lehtomäki Explains Mine Share Purchases

Helsingin Sanomat: Value of Talvivaara shares linked with world price of nickel
“Talvivaara stock surged upward in early February at the same time that the company announced plans to start extracting and utilising uranium that comes as a by-product when mining other metals. There has been speculation over whether or not [Minister of the Environment Paula] Lehtomäki had insider information about Talvivaara’s plans before her family acquired the shares. Lehtomäki has sharply denied such allegations.” (Sep 28)

Yle: Government Approves Guaranteed Price for Alternative Energy

Yle: New Study: Not Worthwhile Sorting Biowaste (see also the Finnish version)

Helsingin Sanomat: Sharp increase in electricity exports in first half of 2010 (Sep 24)

Statistics Finland: Total energy consumption increased by 10 per cent in the early part of the year

Statistics Finland: Production of electricity and industrial heat decreased in 2009

Statistics Finland: During sweltering July in 2010 Finnish tourists made domestic trips and visited neighbouring countries

Finnish Environment Institute: Baltic Sea floor’s condition remains poor

Finnish Meteorological Institute: “Both August and the whole summer (Jun-Aug) were warmer than average in large part of the country. Four strong storms (Asta, Veera, Lahja and Sylvi) within less than two weeks was an exceptional weather phenomenon.” (in Finnish)

Finnish Meteorological Institute: “The long heatwave this summer was exceptional. Climate change increases the probability of summertime heatwaves.” (in Finnish)

Yle: Grain Harvest Smaller than in Years Exceptionally dry summer delayed mushroom crop

Yle: Winds Cut Power to Nearly 10,000 Homes

Mikko Sipilä: Insights into Atmospheric Nucleation (doctoral dissertation)

Anna Repo, Mikko Tuomi & Jari Liski: Indirect carbon dioxide emissions from producing bioenergy from forest harvest residues