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Scientists and leaders gather in Finnish north to talk Arctic biodiversity October 10,2018   |  Source: YLE News

Finland is hosting the Arctic Biodiversity Congress this week, where 450 scientists, government officials, indigenous peoples and experts from 26 countries are discussing safeguarding the Arctic environment. Finland is chair of the Arctic Council from 2017-2019, and hosting two high-level environmental meetings this month.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö was also in attendance at this week’s congress, which began, well, above the Arctic Circle, in Lapland’s city of Rovaniemi on Tuesday.

Niinistö opened the four-day congress by pointing out what was likely already on many attendees’ minds, a report issued Monday by the IPCC – the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which said that avoiding global climate chaos will require an unprecedented transformation of society and the world economy, and that time is running out to avoid disaster.

The report called for radical cuts in energy consumption and a rapid shift away from fossil fuels.

“As we all know, the IPCC just yesterday published its latest special report on global warming. It had a very clear message to policymakers. We urgently need to enhance and speed up our efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” Niinistö said.

“This is particularly relevant for the


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