• Executive Director welcomes Slovak President Čaputová to EEA
    by Cornelis Brand on 11 May 2021 at 10:39

    European efforts to tackle climate change, air pollution and achieving carbon neutrality were the main issues discussed during a visit of President Zuzana Čaputová of Slovakia to the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Tuesday (11 May 2021).

  • Independent national advisory bodies can reinforce the role of science in climate policy
    by Gülcin KARADENIZ on 11 May 2021 at 09:00

    Efforts in tackling climate change at national level across Europe can be made more effective by robust governance frameworks as well as well-functioning, well-resourced advisory bodies. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today analyses the institutional settings for climate policy making at the national level in Europe, the role played by advisory bodies in these settings and their influence on policy decisions.

  • Photo competition on climate change impacts and solutions
    by Antti Pekka Kaartinen on 21 April 2021 at 08:28

    Climate change affects our societies and environment in many ways. Tackling climate change requires cutting emissions to mitigate its worst impacts and adapting to those we cannot stop. Opening today, European Environment Agency’s (EEA) photo competition ‘Climate Change PIX’ invites participants to depict what climate change looks like in Europe and how we are responding to it.

  • Nature-based solutions should play increased role in tackling climate change
    by Cornelis Brand on 15 April 2021 at 09:00

    Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can help reduce the impacts of climate change and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today.

  • Motorised transport: train, plane, road or boat — which is greenest?
    by Cornelis Brand on 24 March 2021 at 00:05

    Train travel remains overall the most environmentally friendly mode of motorised passenger transport in Europe — in terms of greenhouse gas emissions — as compared to travelling by car or plane, according to two transport and environment studies published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today.

  • How to keep Europeans healthy and safe in a changing climate?
    by Antti Pekka Kaartinen on 4 March 2021 at 10:00

    European countries are facing increasing threats from climate change, including extreme weather events and infectious diseases. A new briefing by the Lancet Countdown and the European Environment Agency (EEA), published today on the European Climate and Health Observatory, draws attention to health impacts of climate change in the European Union (EU) and suggests key actions to address them.

  • Europe's clean bathing waters – success in environmental policy and management
    by Antti Pekka Kaartinen on 26 February 2021 at 10:00

    The share of bathing sites with excellent water quality in Europe has increased from 53 % in 1991 to 85 % in 2019, thanks to local actions guided by binding European legislation. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows how improving bathing water quality can serve as a model for successful environmental legislation and management.

  • Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe
    by Antti Pekka Kaartinen on 25 February 2021 at 09:59

    Reducing pressures from agriculture is key to improving the status of Europe’s rivers, lakes, transitional, coastal waters and seas as well as groundwater bodies. A European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment, published today, shows that wider uptake of sustainable agricultural management practices is needed for improving the state of water, as well as biodiversity.

  • Climate change adaptation is key to avoid disruption of EU agricultural commodities imports
    by Cornelis Brand on 11 February 2021 at 09:55

    Stepping up European Union (EU) support for international adaptation, together with trade diversification are key actions the EU can take to lessen the impacts of climate change on agricultural trade, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today.

  • Many obsolete barriers harm Europe's rivers
    by Gülcin KARADENIZ on 8 February 2021 at 09:39

    River continuity is key to improving the ecological status of Europe’s water bodies. However, very few free-flowing rivers remain and the barriers in them cause significant pressures for about 20 % of Europe’s surface water bodies. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, looks at the issue of river barriers and their impact on ecosystems.