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Surging economic growth in many emerging economies is increasing global competition for resources and the burden on natural systems. The European Environment Agency (EEA) is analysing these changes and their implications for Europe’s environment in an updated assessment of 'global megatrends'.
As they grow, economies tend to use more resources. While the rising living standards that drive these trends are unquestionably welcome, they create obvious
risks. The world is a closed material system, implying finite limits on the amounts of resources available. Innovation plays a complex role in shaping the demand for and supply of resources. The impacts of intensifying
global competition for resources will therefore depend greatly on whether technological development can be
steered towards establishing more resource-efficient ways of meeting society's needs.
The map shows the mean annual concentrations of total phosphorus (TP) as mg/L TP in European lakes and reservoirs measured at Eionet-Water Lake monitoring stations during 2011. Total phosphorus includes all phosphorus components in lake water: phosphate dissolved organic phosphorus and particulate phosphorus in algal and bacterial cells, as well as in mineral particles (e.g. clay). For most countries the concentration values are based on measurements over the whole year, but for some countries the annual mean actually represents only the growing season (due to ice cover in winter).
This TERM 2013 report includes an assessment of progress towards the transport-related environmental targets set out in the 2011 White Paper and other transport and environment regulations. It also includes a focus on the environmental impacts of urban transport.
Many cities in Europe are changing, according to a new report which points to rapid transformations in urban transport in some areas. While cycling and efficient public transport are becoming the norm in some urban areas, Europe’s transport sector is still a major contributor to excessive levels of greenhouse gases, air pollution and noise, the report says.
Distribution of stations by thresholds of SO2 99.18 percentile concentrations for the year 2011. The chart is based on the 99.18 percentile of the SO2 daily concentrations, corresponding to the 4th highest SO2 concentration when data availability is 100% over the year.
Distribution of rural stations by thresholds of AOT40 concentrations for the year 2011. AOT40 concentrations for the protection of forest is the accumulated dose of hourly concentrations of O3 over a threshold of 40 ppb, equivalent to 80 μg/m3, accumulated over five month (April to September).
Distribution of stations by thresholds of C6H6 annual mean concentrations for the year 2011.
Distribution of stations by thresholds of NO2 annual mean concentrations for the year 2011.
Distribution of stations by thresholds of CO maximum daily max 8-hour mean for the year 2011.
Distribution of stations by thresholds of benzo(a)pyrene annual mean concentrations for the year 2011.
Distribution of stations by thresholds of PM2.5 annual mean concentrations for the year 2011.
Europe's coastal regions are increasingly vital for its economy, yet their natural assets on which it depends continue to degrade. This is according to a new report from the European Environment Agency, which calls for better information, planning and management decisions to balance multiple demands on the coastal environment.
The objective of this report is to frame an analytical approach for coastal areas in Europe, and to place this in the context of the new socio‑economic drivers of sustainable growth, and the formation of a new integrated policy framework. This framework builds on an ecosystem‑based management approach and integrated spatial planning and management. The report presents some key sustainability challenges for European coastal areas and waters, and highlights the need for a consolidated knowledge base and widespread information‑sharing to support informed policy development and management actions.
Line graph of changes over time in consumption per capita for poultry, cheese, fish and seafood, milk, meat, pork and beef (index: 1995 = 100)
The map captures some of the complexity of the multiple demands
on land resources, with urban sprawl, agricultural intensification
and land abandonment exerting pressures on biodiversity and water
This figure illustrates the percentage population per European region connected to a waste water collection and treatment systems (UWWTPs) over the period 1990 to 2009. In addition, a breakdown by treatment type is portrayed.
The percentage is based on total number of classified water bodies. See the indicator specification for more details.
Meeting European demands for food, water, energy and housing exerts major pressures on the environment, indirectly affecting human health and well-being. To reduce the impact of Europe's resource use, a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reflects on integrating different policy areas and improved spatial planning.
Natural resources and human well-being in a green economy
To avoid traffic jams and the related stress, not to mention polluting, why not consider other transportation alternatives? After all, trains are more comfortable!
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