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European Commission Environment fact sheet

pdf fileCivil protection: Together we are stronger 1.54MB
pdf fileEco-innovation – the key to Europe’s future competitiveness 3.80MB 
pdf fileProtecting and conserving the marine environment 297kB
pdf fileA vital EU R&D programme for Sustainable development 145kB
pdf fileMoving towards clean air for Europe 177kB
pdf fileEnergy for sustainable development 186k
pdf file Natura 2000 307kB
pdf fileSoil Protection —a new policy for the EU 192kB
pdf fileNature and biodiversity 157kB
pdf fileGenetically Modified Organisms 225kB
pdf filePesticides 178kB
pdf fileSustainable Development 249kB
pdf fileClimate Change 103kB
pdf fileIndustrial Development 164kB
pdf fileReach 166kB
pdf fileSustainable Consumption 310kB

DG Environment News Alert Thematic Issues

pdf file Urban Environments  358kB February 2009
Half the world's population live in cities. By 2050, the total number of urban dwellers is expected to nearly double, rising from 3.3 billion to 6.4 billion. How do we accommodate urbanisation while ensuring good quality of life and health? How do we minimise environmental damage but still develop our cities? This thematic issue provides a window into the research evidence that can help us create healthier urban environments and more sustainable urban policies.

pdf file Climate Change Adaptation 362kB November 2008
The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 2007) concluded that even the most stringent mitigation efforts cannot avoid further impacts of climate change in the next few decades. This inevitability of impacts makes investment in adaptation essential. Yet mitigation also remains crucial: to rely on adaptation alone would eventually lead to a level of climate change to which effective adaptation is no longer feasible.
pdf file Biodiversity 374kB September 2008
Where would we find most of our raw materials if forests did not produce them? What would we eat if insects did not pollinate plants? Could we live without clean water? Ecosystem goods and services arising from biodiversity are critical, but they are also coming under severe threat. In this issue, we provide examples of studies that contribute to improved understanding of the current biodiversity crisis and the value of ecosystem services.
pdf file Water 357kB July 2008
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges policy implementation managers to respond to poor ecological, chemical and quantitative status of the water system caused by negative pressures from different drivers. This issue discusses recent experiences with regard to different stages of river basin management strategy, to help us understand how we can safeguard water, an indispensible resource.
pdf file Invasive Alien Species 345kB July 2008
Aggressive non-native species represent a serious threat to biodiversity and are a major cause of extinction globally. In Europe several invasive alien species (IAS) dominate their new environments, threatening native species with extinction. For example, European red squirrel populations are on the brink of extinction in Italy and the UK, following the introduction of the larger American grey squirrel.
pdf file Air Quality and Emissions Trading 391kB May 2008
The new EU Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe and the proposed amendments to the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will drive changes in EU contributions to harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. New targets have been set in the Air Quality directive to reduce exposure to fine particles and reduce risks to human health. In January 2008, the European Commission proposed a number of changes to improve and extend the EU's ETS to further reduce GHG emissions. The ETS is the major market-based policy used by the EU to effect climate change strategies.
pdf file Carbon Capture and Storage 345kB April 2008
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are expected to play a key role in strategies to avoid dangerous climate change. They enable large reductions in CO2 emissions, even given the almost inevitable continued use of fossil fuels predicted by energy analysts. Recently, the European Commission has proposed a policy to address the environmental integrity of carbon capture and geological storage. CCS is especially important for coal-based developing economies such as China and India.
pdf file Biofuels  345kB February 2008
Interest in biofuels is growing and proposed European Commission targets to increase the amount of biofuels used in transportation to 10 per cent is likely to drive further research and development in this field. But the move to increase biofuel production raises concerns about the impact of biofuel crops on the environment, landscape and food security.

Source: DG Environment News Alert Service