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Baltic Sea on the news

The environment and our health are two subjects of interest for most people. Media covers the subject, from different angels, frequently. It might not be obvious for everybody but the subjects and the articles are very much related to the challenges we are facing in the Baltic Sea region.

We have gathered some of the Swedish reporting to point out how the media coverage is related to the subjects covered by the Baltic Sea Future, the most relevant congress 2017.

The overall picture
The congress will provide you with a common vision and understanding of the challenges facing the Baltic Sea region and how global challenges matters locally. How for example eutrophication, various pharmaceuticals and micro plastics contribute in a negative way.

The overall picture was presented in a recent article in Dagens Samhälle », signed by Tina Elfwing, Johan Rockström and Niklas Zennström. The Baltic Sea was also discussed when TV4 » invited Martin Stenmark, Viveca Sten and Göran Lindstedt to their morning show. They are all involved in Hållbara Hav, one of the three founders of the congress.

Eutrophication, what causes it?
Eutrophication has caused problems for the Baltic Sea. What causes it, and how can we solve the problem? This is a subject of public interest and of course very much on the agenda during the entire Baltic Sea Future congress. Analysis, innovations and solutions for counteracting eutrophication will be presented.

Horses », and how they contribute, was discussed in this article recently. Horseback riding is a popular sport among many and maybe few had the knowledge about its side effects.

What do winter tyres, artificial turf on football fields and fleece sweaters have in common?
They all contribute to spreading micro plastics. Micro plastics »  are found everywhere. Recently researcher Marie löf from Stockholm university was interviewed by swedish radio about the presence of micro plastics in swedish lakes ». Swedish newspaper Dagens nyheter also reported the finding of a whale with 30 plastic bags in its stomach ».

So what can municipalities do to encourage their citizens to a healthier life style, for humans as well as the Baltic Sea? The Baltic Sea Future congress will give you inspiration and examples of innovations and solutions on these problems. Until then professor magnus Breitholtz gives some answers in this chat on Swedish televisions website ».

The gut feeling
Researchers are pointing out the importance of the gut flora », how it relates to our immune system and why it is important for our health. Several books and articles » have explored the side effects of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals on our immune system. What substances can be detected in treatment plants » of today? What substances can be found in our waters and what can be done to prevent illness? This is of course a subject during the congress i Stockholm.

Do we have a secured food supply in the Baltic Region?
Biodiversity and resilience are two key words when discussing our environment and a secured food supply ». More people are moving in to our region. With less fish, smaller variety in our waters, food produced for export, how could we then be sure to have enough food in the future? Thinking out side the box and exploring new types of food » seems necessary. We need to increase biodiversity and be innovative ». The BSF congress will provide guidance.

Welcome to Baltic Sea Future - a congress where we can take actions on these topics.