Helsingin Sanomat HS.fi environment and climate stories

Country/area: Finland

Organisation: Helsingin Sanomat

Organisation size: Big

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Helsingin Sanomat focused on environmental and climate journalism during 2021. This was visible from the front page of HS.fi to individual stories. Some of the most important stories were also data driven. Those are presented in this portfolio.

The stories translate quite well to English using the translation tool in Chrome.

Description of portfolio:

How much time is there to act? We created a carbon budget count down calculator based on IPCC data. If the CO2 emission stay the same and we want to keep global warming under 1,5 degrees with high probability, we have about 8 years to act.

This countdown calculator is also an element that has been used on the front page of HS.fi, embedded there with climate stories.

Cut Down Forests. The story illustrates the cutting of forests in Finland. For the story we created an interactive map that has nearly all the cutting areas in Finnish forests from the last 15 years. This was the first time this kind of data was shown in Finnish journalism.

The map itself tells a lot, and in addition, for the story we took forest experts for a walk to tell us what they see in different types of forests.

Nature near you. We wanted to provide our readers with information on how to find valuable nature near them. Officials have mapped these places but the information is buried within the map services of different cities. For this story and map we collected this geodata from different cities and one nationwide official and put them in one map. If you live in the capital area of Finland you can now easily see what the nearest valuable nature places to you.

The last forests with high biodiversity value. For this story we used an openly available geodata set that has the biodiversity value information for all the forests in Finland. The maps in the story clearly show that while Finland is a country with lots of forest, most of it not that diverse anymore. And that connects directly to nature loss.

In the story we travel to one of the forests that still has high biodiversity value but is not conserved yet.

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