Monday’s papers: Finland reacts to climate report, more unions join overtime ban, and a bid to have women join call-ups


Finnish newspapers discuss news from the IPCC, union opposition to plans to ease employee dismissal, and a Green Party idea for gender-neutral military service.

Like many newspapers in the world this Monday, dailies in Finland are reacting to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that says that the world must take drastic measures to quickly reduce its global warming rate to 1.5 degrees. The planet is currently warming at a catastrophic 3 or even 4-degree rate. The Paris Agreement saw almost every country in the world sign on to a commitment to reduce this warming to 2 degrees, but the IPCC’s new report warns this will not be sufficient, as the damage from even 2-degree warming will be too great.

Finland’s most widely-read daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reports that the difference between 2 and 1.5 degrees is significant. If we allow the planet to become 2 degrees warmer on average, the paper reports that the entire ocean network of coral reefs would perish. If we could succeed in reducing this warming to 1.5 degrees, however, rises in sea levels could be cut by 10 centimetres, and the risk of the Arctic Ocean melting would drop from a ten-percent chance to 1 in 100.

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