Climate change also means solutions and opportunities, Finland's Communications and Transport Minister Anne Berner said, as quoted by Finnish state broadcaster Yle. According to Berner, Finland may well take advantage of the greenhouse effect. As the North Pole starts to melt, new routes for maritime traffic and data transfer open up, which promotes trade, Anne Berner maintained.
According to Anne Berner, climate change in the Arctic shortens the distances between Europe and Asia by many weeks, using, among others, the Northeast Passage along Russia's Arctic coast, which will greatly improve global trade. Finland could play an important part in that development, Berner pointed out.
"I see climate change as an opportunity for Finland. We are a big country with plenty of forest and water. We are good at clean-tech and can help others solve environmental problems," Berner said.
"Some people will naturally benefit, whereas others will be affected by droughts or floods," Laaksonen said.
According to him, not even Finnish agriculture will be doing well when the average temperature rises by ten degrees.
"Now, the worst climate scenario seems to be coming true. We cannot wait any longer. We need to reduce carbon emissions now," Laaksonen said.
"Discontinuing the practicing of burning coal is more important than a rapid giving-up of fossil-fueled road traffic. If the Chinese went over to electric cars, it would reduce the need for oil, but in return require more coal to power vehicles," Hassler said.
Finally, Berner's cheerfulness over global warming clearly contradicts EU estimates. According to EU-funded ClimateCost project, the cost of climate change in Europe could reach almost 4 percent of the EU's GDP by the end of the century.