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  • 1. Kowalik, Piotr
    et al.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    Legal requirements and wastewater discharges to Polish water bodies, 1945-2003.2007In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 36, no 2-3, p. 220-228Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The postwar development of water protection legislation and wastewater discharges is poorly known for the Baltic Sea region as a whole. This article presents national efforts to govern wastewater discharges in Poland using legal tools over the twentieth century with an emphasis on the postwar period, 1945-2003. The study also attempts to evaluate how the state authority responded to changing legal demands in terms of urban and industrial wastewater discharges in the postwar period. It outlines the main changes during the socialist regime in Poland and after it regained independence. Also the implications of Poland's integration into the European Union are briefly discussed. Mathematical calculations are used to illustrate some changes in legal requirements over time.

  • 2.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History. simo.laakkonen@helsinki.fi.
    A Touch of Frost: Gender, Class, Technology, and the Urban Environment in an Industrializing Nordic City2013In: Northscapes: History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments / [ed] Dolly Jörgensen & Sverker Sörlin, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2013, 1, p. 195-219Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, History.
    Asphalt kids and the matrix city: Reminiscences of childrens' urban environmental history2011In: Urban History, ISSN 0963-9268, E-ISSN 1469-8706, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 301-323Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Existing research in urban environmental history is often characterized by a narrow viewpoint or limited material reflecting the rationalist approach typical of white, middle-aged, middle-class and educated men. This orientation risks overlooking the viewpoint of the majority of urban dwellers: ordinary men, women, children, the elderly and different ethnic groups. The article focuses on the urban environmental history of children, because childhood forms the foundation for our relationship with nature. Environmental reminiscences offer fruitful material for the study of children's urban environmental history as well as children's contemporary relationships with the urban landscape. The article integrates aspects of urban history, environmental history and evolutionary psychology.

  • 4.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History. simo.laakkonen@helsinki.fi.
    Waves of Laws and Institutions: The Emergence of National Awareness of Water Pollution and Protection in the Baltic Sea Region over the Twentieth Century2014In: The Sea of Identities: A Century of Baltic and East European Experiences with Nationality, Class, and Gender / [ed] Norbert Götz, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2014, p. 293-318Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Beitnere, Dagmara
    Vides un sociālās ekoloģijas apzināšanās Ventspilī postpadomju telpas ārvērtības2014In: Ventspils paralēle I-IV / [ed] Astra Skrabane, Ventspils: Ventspils Augustskola , 2014, p. 110-123Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6. Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Laurila, Sari
    Changing environments or shifting paradigms?: Strategic decision making toward water protection in Helsinki, 1850-2000.2007In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 36, no 2-3, p. 212-219Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study examines the history of strategic decision-making concerning water protection in Helsinki, 1850-2000. We identified five major strategic decisions that occurred during the study period. The results indicate that strategic decision-making evolves in long-term policy cycles that last on average 20-30 years. New policy cycles are caused by paradigm shifts. Paradigms are shared and predominant ways of understanding reality that help when groups must act to solve common and complex environmental problems. However the internal structure and external dynamics of paradigms are contradictory. Although paradigms serve initially as means to redefine problems and find creative solutions, as time goes by each paradigm seems to become also a barrier that restricts the introduction of new ways of thinking and acting. The power of paradigms lies in the fact that they can be defined as scientific but also social, political, or cultural agreements depending on the context.

  • 7.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Räsänen, Tuomas
    Science Diplomacy in the Baltic Sea Region: Beginnings of East-West Cooperation in Marine Protection during the Cold War 2016In: Northern Europe in the Cold War, 1960-1990: East-West Interactions of Trade, Culture and Security / [ed] Poul Villaume, Rasmus Mølgaard Mariager, Ann-Marie Ekengren, Helsinki: Aleksanteri Instituutti , 2016, p. 25-48Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8. Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Thelin, Staffan
    Beauty on the Water?: Two Turning Points  in Stockholm's Water-Protection Policy2010In: Living cities: An anthology of urban environmental history / [ed] Mattias Legnér, Sven Lillja , Dolly Jørgensen, Stockholm: Forskningsrådet Formas, 2010, p. 306-331Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, History.
    Tucker, Richard
    War and Natural Resources in History: Introduction2012In: Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, ISSN 1973-3739, no 10, p. 8-15Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Natural resources are rarely alone a sufficient reason for declaring war. Nevertheless, through human history natural resources have been an important motive, target, and resource for warfare. Until recently armies lived off the land; their logistical support systems were so rudimentary that nothing else was possible. This process provides the key to much of the damage caused by wars, from pre-historic tribal wars onwards. Colonial states initiated an era of systematic global looting of natural resources that affected above all indigenous people. Industrial warfare multiplied both qualitatively and quantitatively the consumption of strategic raw materials and energy sources. Today they are targets of a global power play that cover all continents, oceans and seabed.

  • 10.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History.
    Tucker, Richard
    World War II, the Cold War, and Natural Resources2012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Vasilevska, Karina
    From a Baltic village to a leading Soviet health resort: Reminiscences of the social history of Jurmala, Latvia2011In: Resorts and Ports: European Seaside Towns since 1700. / [ed] Peter Borsay & John Walton, Bristol: Channel View Publications , 2011, p. 183-196Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12. Räsänen, Tuomas
    et al.
    Laakkonen, Simo
    Cold War and the environment: the role of Finland in international environmental politics in the Baltic Sea region.2007In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 36, no 2-3, p. 229-236Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area signed in 1974 in Helsinki is probably the most important environmental agreement consummated in the Baltic Sea region. This article is the first study that explores the history of this agreement, also known as the Helsinki Convention, by using primary archival sources. The principal sources are the archives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. We examine the role of Finland in the process that led to the signing of the Helsinki Convention from the perspective of international politics. The study focuses primarily on Finnish, Swedish, and Soviet state-level parties from the end of the 1960s to 1974. We show that Cold War politics affected in several ways negotiations and contents of the Helsinki Convention. We also argue that the Soviet Union used the emerging international environmental issues as a new tool of power politics.

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