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The facility, in the southern Finland municipality of Vantaa, will turn refuse into electricity and electricity, and it is expected to reduce overall carbon emissions.

YLE News
Possible approvals for the controversial Fennovoima and TVO nuclear projects threaten to split apart the governing coalition.YLE News
New restrictions imposed on Russian businesses create vulnerabilities for Gazprom by putting key supplies and services at risk. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer
The United States' new round of sanctions on Russia could force Exxon Mobil Corp. to alter its ongoing drilling in the Kara Sea by Sept.26.Thomas Nilson, Barents Observer
When addressing the cycle of violence and sexual abuse, consider that men have also been victims and not just perpetrators, some experts say.   Heather Exner-Pirot
Approval of a new Russian-built plant near Raahe.has a caveat: The facility must be at least 60 percent Finnish-owned, said Jan Vapaavuori, the nation's minister of economic affairs YLE News
A proposal to lower the threshold for bringing criminal charges has the support of two cabinet members, but some warn that any change needs t be backed up with training improvements to help officials uncover and prosecute environmental offenses. YLE News
The U.S. agency that explores outer space is also probing another frontier -- the rapidly warming climate in Alaska and other parts of the Far North.Yereth Rosen
The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. Yereth Rosen
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.YLE News