We need 8 billion euros
to save the planet



Future of mankind costs less than the price of
Trump’s wall.

Academy professor Markku Kulmala is the leading researcher of atmospheric aerosol science. His research focuses on the formation of small particles in the atmosphere and the interaction of forests and the climate. Kulmala has been active in making new international initiatives to solve global challenges, to improve comprehensive continuous measurement networks all around the world, and to solve air quality – climate change interactions.

The backbone of Kulmala’s research consists of SMEAR (Stations for Measuring the Forest Ecosystem – Atmosphere Relationships) field stations. These three stations (SMEAR I, Värriö, 1991-; SMEAR II, Hyytiälä, 1994-, Urban SMEAR III, Kumpula, Helsinki, 2004-) have comprehensive scientific programs to investigate aerosol and trace gas concentrations.

8 billion euros are needed to build a global observatory, consisting of 1,000+ SMEAR stations around the world to continuously track key ecosystems.

The following pictures and videos were presented a multimedia story for Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. The original feature can be found here




Lake Värriö





Academy professor Markku Kulmala in Värriö.





Smear I in Värriö





Sample gathering for the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research in Helsinki





the Baltic sea