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Baltic Sea posts June 06, 2006 10:29 AM

Here's a few things about the problems in my neck of the woods - the Baltic.

HELCOM  hopes this website will provide inspiration for anyone wishing to gain an insight into the environmental issues affecting the Baltic Sea - and for everyone interested in protecting our common sea. see -

http://www.helcom.fi/home/en_GB/welcome/

Source apportionment of nitrogen and phosphorus inputs into the
aquatic environment (EEA Report No 7/2005), published at
http://reports.eea.eu.int/eea_report_2005_7

Abstract:
Eutrophication is the excessive enrichment of waters with nutrients and the associated adverse biological effects, and it is still one of the major environmental problems across Europe.

European waters are affected across the whole range from inland water bodies such as groundwater, rivers and lakes, to transitional and coastal waters and ecosystems in open seas. Eutrophication is caused by large anthropogenic inputs of the nutrients nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) to the aquatic environment from a range of societal sectors.

Photos of the algae problem in the Baltic (see how small these big ships seem to get an idea of the problem)

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Thanks for this thread June 07, 2006 5:55 PM

I'll be happy to be back and tell about a little tiny something I'm about to do for the health of the Baltic sea... except trying to stop a Canadian company mining gold in Finnish Lappland using arsenic and cyanide - that of course will end up in the Baltic, that's the way Finnish rivers and brooks flow, as you well remember, I think - so please sign and forward this petition: ...

...Save Lappland Now - Nyt Lappia pelastamaan... 5:05 PM Hello all pals! I hope and believe that you'd like to sign the following: "Dear Friends Please sign and forward! Original Message: ----------------- AGNICO EAGLE FROM CANADA IS GOING TO RUIN THE SENSITIVE LAPPLAND NATURE BY DIGGING GOLD They use poisons like syanide and arsenic View this petition and your signature at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/214519849 Please sign and forward this petition. Thank you: Jasmin Sariell" I've got this forward today and I got really upset ... if possible forward it also to friends outside Care2, please, please, please! Terkkuja = greetings, Doris  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 June 22, 2006 1:26 AM

From Helsingin Sanomat see click here for original
Extensive areas of Baltic Sea bottom suffer from oxygen depletion -"Situation feeds vicious circle of entire ecosystem"

The oxygen situation of the depths of the Baltic Sea has deteriorated. The water in extensive areas of the main basin of the Baltic and in the Gulf of Finland is depleted of oxygen and without life.
      The oxygen content has declined in all areas except some areas in the southern part of the Baltic, where some salty water has flowed from the North Sea through the Straits of Denmark.
      These are the main findings of the latest voyage of the marine research vessel, the Aranda, which returned from a three-week expedition on Monday.
      The researchers on board took samples from 75 locations, covering most of the Baltic Sea.
     
The head of the expedition, researcher Alf Norkko, describes the state of the Baltic Sea as shocking.
      "The situation at the bottom is not immediately apparent on shore, but in the long term, it speeds up the vicious circle of oxygen depletion in the whole marine ecosystem", he says.
      Oxygen-free water in the depths causes nutrients in the layers on the sea bottom to dissolve into the water. When the waters at the different layers mix, the nutrients released from the bottom increase the growth of algae in the sea, further reducing the oxygen level.
      One indication of the poor state of the Baltic Sea are the large amounts of hydrogen sulphide found in the depths of some areas. "Hydrogen sulphide is poison. Where it exists, there is no life", Norkko says.
      Samples taken of fauna at the bottom indicated that the decline in the Baltic amphipod (
Monoporeia affinis) has continued. A newcomer, the North-American polychaete (Marenzelleria viridis) worm, is spreading at the expense of the Baltic amphipod.
      "The populations of Baltic amphipod used to be large, and they were important food for fish. The worms live in the bottom mud and are difficult for fish to catch", Nomrkko ponders.
     
Morkko emphasises that marine ecosystems fluctuate naturally, and that not all changes are necessarily bad.
      He sees international cooperation as a key factor for the future of the Baltic.
      "Changes require truly extensive cooperation. However, I feel that it is positive that the Baltic Sea has been visibly brought forward in recent political discussion."

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 June 22, 2006 1:29 AM

Press Release from HELCOM

22.06.2006

HELCOM announces the elimination of several major pollution Hot Spots in the Baltic Sea region
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 July 01, 2006 11:46 AM

The first signs of this years algae problem were reported today in the press. Not much now, but with some continued warm weather ...  [ send green star]
 
 July 10, 2006 3:01 AM

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Center Party leader Maud Olafsson sees for herself the algae that has now reached Gotland's shores. "The sea looks terrible", she's quoted as saying.

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Coalition Clean Baltic July 15, 2006 11:43 AM

Coalition Clean Baltic at http://www.ccb.se/index.html

About CCB

In Helsinki, February 1990, non-governmental environmental organizations from the countries of the Baltic Sea Region united and established Coalition Clean Baltic (CC in order to co-operate in activities concerning the Baltic Sea. CCB is a politically independent, non-profit association. At present, CCB unites 26 member organizations from Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. The CCB member organisations combined have over half a million members in all countries around the Baltic Sea.

The main goal of CCB is to promote the protection and improvement of the Baltic Sea environment and natural resources.

Common denominators for the CCB network include seeking opportunities to encourage new and constructive approaches and engaging people to become part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Being an international network organization, CCB has the advantage of being able to work both at the international and national policy levels as well as with concrete field projects.

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