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Baltic Sea futures

In this blog, critical views, concerns and questions from young scientists' perspectives relevant to the Baltic Sea future scenarios setting are posted to answer the following question: What actions can enable us to sustain and improve the valuable services provided by the Baltic Sea in the long term? The perspectives posted by 1 November 2016 contributed to a HOT SEAT session led by BONUS young scientists at the next EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm, 8-9 November 2016. These and the new posts to come will be considered in conjunction with the forthcoming Eleventh Baltic Sea Science Congress taking place 12-16 June 2017 in Rostock, Germany.

07.10.2016 10:09Finding the balance Dana Helleman

Giving credit to my zodiac sign of libra, I have grown to strive for balance between environmental sustainability and the conveniences of modern live. Both things don´t necessarily exclude each other, however, I experienced that often they are difficult to merge.

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28.09.2016 14:49New dawn rising for Baltic salmon? Suvi Ignatius

In the post-industrial societies, producing ideas and services has become the main way to create jobs and economic growth instead of producing goods. The implications of this change for the environment are usually seen as positive. However, critics have pointed out that despite of the reduced pollution and resource use caused by fewer factories, also post-industrial societies continue to struggle with resource scarcity and environmental degradation, and in many cases consumption of natural resources is not at a sustainable level. Still, some species and parts of the environment can benefit from the ongoing change in the societal production structure. Baltic salmon, endangered due to damming and pollution of rivers during the 20th century, seems to be among those species.

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23.09.2016 10:42We need more good news! Riina Klais

Science, incl. climate change and environmental science, is often inclined towards pessimistic and negative news and predictions, not because things are that bad, but in order to get funded. But this tendency of unnecessarily negative images comes with a great risk on the long run, especially when we are to convince the stakeholders and public to invest into the environment of the Baltic Sea.

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07.09.2016 13:14From one-way-information to shared knowledge – Building communication interfaces and networks in the Baltic Sea region Janne Artell

What stands in the way of bringing citizens, scientists and management together in the Baltic Sea area? Surprisingly little, it seems. With some perseverance and working together, platforms for shared knowledge are within our reach very soon.

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