General

Antti Pitkämäki

12.10.2018

Are lithium-ion batteries safe for everyday use? (in Finnish)

Nykyään joka kotitaloudesta ja työpaikalta löytyy useita litiumioniakkuja hyödyntäviä laitteita, kuten kannettavia tietokoneita, kännyköitä ja tabletteja. Li-akut saavat arkemme pyörimään ja työn sujumaan, mutta millaisia riskejä niihin liittyy?

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Industry & Technology

Pasi Rinne

03.02.2017

Dialogue is the key for preventing environmental conflicts (in Finnish)

Luonnonvarojen hyödyntämiseen liittyvät ristiriidat voivat pahimmillaan kärjistyä konflikteiksi. Konflikteja voi syntyä esimerkiksi maankäyttöön, metsävarojen hyödyntämiseen, kalastukseen, kaivosteollisuuteen, tuulivoimaan tai kaupunkisuunnitteluun liittyvissä hankkeissa.

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Industry & Technology

Gaia pressroom

06.09.2016

Future of circular economy is pure chemistry

We take carbon from ground and emit it into air. Our food crops take phosphorus and nitrogen from soil and eventually they end via consumption and waste waters into our water bodies. We extract aluminium and copper from rock for our devices, just to let them accumulate into soils under our landfills.

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Industry & Technology

Gaia pressroom

19.02.2016

Biochemicals and biomaterials are attracting investments

Many biofuel investments face regulatory risks and lowering reference prices. However, investments in the production of biomaterials and biochemicals benefit from an increasing market pull and more favorable pricing scenarios.

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Industry & Technology

Pasi Rinne

10.11.2015

The Arctic: The tipping point where business opportunities meet vulnerable nature

It is in the Arctic where soft law meets geopolitics, environmental change meets indigenous cultures, and business opportunities and potential access to natural reserves meet extremely vulnerable nature. The enormous opportunities and risks are further complicated by the fact that even if we fight to save the Arctic, the melting ice in the Arctic Sea may not save us. Uncertainty is at the heart of discussions about human activities in the Arctic.

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Industry & Technology

Päivi Luoma

22.05.2015

Team Arctic promotion power builds on Finnish competence

Team Arctic Finland has been a highly powerful and credible brand in creating global interest in Finnish Arctic competence. It has opened doors to high-level decision makers in key companies operating in the Arctic. Still, strong development and promotion investments are required to give Finnish companies a credible business position.

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Industry & Technology

Pasi Rinne

17.06.2014

Environmental offsets – A license to trash or an effective tool to save the planet?

Since the 1970s, environmental offsetting has been used in several countries as an instrument to reduce water pollution, to prevent the loss of habitats and biodiversity, to encourage energy efficiency and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Looking back at the track record of offsetting, its results look mixed, and environmental professionals disagree on whether offsetting is creating additional much-needed environmental measures or actually discouraging responsible development.

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Industry & Technology

Gaia pressroom

03.04.2012

Responsibility of mining – complex, challenging, and no shortcuts

Mining is a growing business in Finland. We are not alone. Increasing global demand for metals and minerals is creating opportunities and positive societal effects, such as stimulating the economy and employment. However, mining inevitably has environmental and social impacts. How can they be managed and maintained at an acceptable level? The evident solution is adopting an integrated approach to corporate responsibility.

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Industry & Technology

Gaia pressroom

19.03.2012

Mining companies need to stand criticism (in Finnish)

Suomalainen kaivostoiminta elää nousukautta. Suomessa toimii yksitoista kaivosta, ja suunnitteilla on useita kymmeniä uusia. Samalla paikalliset kiistat haitoista ovat nousseet esille. Iso kysymys on, ymmärrämmekö, mitä tapahtuu, kun globaali kaivostoiminta saapuu maahan.

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Industry & Technology

Gaia pressroom

12.12.2011

Bioeconomy: From economies of scale to economies of sustainability

Bio-based economy changes fundamentally the current production paradigms. The key of it are closed, integrated material cycles across industries and communities. Innovative thinking and open dialogue are required to develop and implement the best solutions and policies of the new, bio-based world.

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Industry & Technology

Päivi Luoma

01.03.2011

Bioeconomy is a rapidly growing business area (in Finnish)

Euroopan maat kaipaavat uuden talouskasvun lähteitä, joissa kova teknologia kehittyy kuluttajalähtöiseksi ja ympäristöä kunnioittavaksi kehitykseksi. Kasvava biotalous on kiinnostava vastaus talouden ja ympäristön asettamiin haasteisiin. Se voisi olla Suomen menestyksen uusi aalto, joka synnyttää ympärilleen laajan ja osaavan yritysverkoston.

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Industry & Technology

Piia Pessala

22.01.2009

Treated wastewater effluents may be harmful

The amounts of wastewaters produced around the world are vast. For example, in Finland approximately 100 000 cubic meters of urban wastewater effluents per inhabitant are discharged each year. A recent study in Finland confirmed that Finnish wastewater treatment plants are efficient in removing components that might cause acute effects in whole organisms. However, indications of estrogenic and genotoxic potential were detected in effluents discharged from these treatment plants. Thus, treated wastewater effluents still may cause harmful effects on the environment.

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