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Future of biodiversity in the Barents Region

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Future solutions for Nordic plastic recycling contains suggestions on how to collect and recycle more of the generated plastic waste from households and other MSW sources in the Nordic region. The solutions suggested are focused on providing higher availability to collection systems, to focus less on packaging and more on plastic, to have flexible sorting and recycling systems,and to pave the way for a well-functioning, transparent market for recycled plastics that absorbs the collected material. More extensive Nordic cooperation, both on a basis of knowledge exchange and on a practical level, is believed to favour Nordic plastic collection and recycling.

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Amphibians

Amphibians are ectotherms. This means that they rely on environmental heat sources like the sun to regulate their body temperature to a large extent. Changes in the climatic regime therefore generally have large effects on the development, spatial distribution, and species interactions of and between amphibians (Walther et al. 2002). We assessed the impact of climate change on 9 species of amphibians currently occurring in or just south of the Barents Region (also see Table 2a in the Appendix.). These species were the agile frog (Rana dalmatina), common frog (Rana temporaria), European tree frog (Hyla arborea), moor frog (Rana arvalis), pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae), common toad (Bufo bufo), natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita), northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus), and the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). Of these, the agile frog, the European tree frog, the pool frog, and the natterjack toad are currently not established in the Barents Region. However, part of the region is predicted to be suitable for the pool frog in future (Figure 7). If this species is able to disperse we may be able to find it in the region in future.

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