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Infographics — 11 Mar 2015
EEA infographics provide visual presentations of the issues affecting Europe’s environment. They highlight factors contributing to environmental change as well as the impacts of environmental degradation.
Infographic D source code How are the environment and our well-being and health connected? — 28 May 2014
Natural resources fuel our production and consumption, and create wealth and jobs, contributing to our quality of life and well-being. But our level of resource consumption is undermining our ecosystems’ capacity to provide for us in the future.
Infographic Why should we care about air pollution?
Air pollution impacts human health, contributes to climate change and damages ecosystems. Here are some of the pollutants the ‘Air quality in Europe – 2013 report’ investigates and their potential impacts.
Infographic Many factors contribute to air pollution concentration levels
Emission levels are not the only factor that determines concentrations of air pollutants. Factors like the weather, chemical transformations in the air, and transport of pollutants from outside Europe all play a role. This means that a reduction in emissions of a pollutant do not always translate to an equivalent reduction in concentrations of that pollutant.
Infographic How can we make our economy circular and resource efficient? — 03 Jun 2014
Currently, we are using more resources than our planet can produce in a given time. We need to reduce the amount of waste we generate and the amount of materials we extract.
Infographic Europe’s waste streams — 13 Jun 2014
In total, about 2500 million tonnes of waste was generated in the EU-28 and Norway in 2010. Here is an overview of where the waste came from and what it was composed of.
Infographic D source code How can we reduce and make better use of waste? — 27 May 2014
The best way to reduce the environmental impacts of waste is to prevent it in the first place. Many items that we throw away could also be re-used, and others can be recycled for raw materials.
Infographic How much of our municipal waste do we recycle? — 13 Jun 2014
Much of the waste we throw away can be recycled. Recycling benefits the environment by diverting waste away from landfills and by providing raw materials for new products. Recycling can also encourage innovation and create jobs.
Infographic What are the sources of food waste in Europe? — 13 Jun 2014
Around one third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted. Food waste represents a substantial loss of other resources such as land, water, energy and labour.
Infographic How does the food we buy, eat and don’t eat impact the environment? — 28 May 2014
Before reaching our plates, food needs to be produced, processed, packaged, transported and distributed. Every step uses up resources and generates more waste and pollution.
Infographic Why should we avoid sending waste to landfills?
Infographic What are the sources and impacts of marine litter? — 13 Jun 2014
Increasing amounts of litter are ending up in the world’s oceans and harming the health of ecosystems, killing animals and putting human health at risk. The solution lies in waste prevention and better waste management on land.
Infographic Transport in cities
Many European cities are rapidly transforming urban transport. However, 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. EEA
Infographic Troff document CO2 emissions from passenger transport — 10 Dec 2014
Grams of CO2 per passenger kilometre
Infographic Reducing environmental impacts of transport — 10 Dec 2014
Several EU targets have been set to reduce the environmental impacts of transport in Europe, including its greenhouse gas emissions. The transport sector’s targets are part of the EU’s overall goal to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 80-95% by 2050.
Infographic Many Europeans are exposed to harmful levels of air pollution — 10 Dec 2014
Up to 30 % of Europeans living in cities are exposed to air pollutant levels exceeding EU air quality standards. And around 95 % of Europeans living in cities are exposed to levels of air pollutants deemed damaging to health by the World Health Organization’s more stringent guidelines.
Infographic Noise pollution in Europe — 19 Dec 2014
Noise pollution is a growing environmental concern caused by a varied number of sources. The adverse effects of noise pollution can be found in the well-being of exposed human populations, in the health and distribution of wildlife, as well as in the abilities of our children to learn at school.
Infographic Troff document Excellent water quality at most of Europe's bathing sites — 20 May 2015
The water at Europe's beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2014, with 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. 83 % met the more stringent "excellent" level. Just 2 % were rated as poor.
Infographic Europe's climate is changing — 30 Jun 2015
A changing climate will affect almost every aspect of our lives. Increased intensity and frequency of rainfall in many parts of Europe will mean frequent and serious flooding events. Elsewhere in Europe, including in southern Europe, higher temperatures and reduced rainfall will mean that many areas might face droughts.
Infographic Are we ready for climate change? — 01 Jul 2015
Climate change is causing a variety of impacts to our health, ecosystems and economy. These impacts are likely to become more serious in the coming decades. If not addressed, these impacts could prove very costly, in terms of ill health, adverse effects on ecosystems, and damaged property and infrastructure.
Infographic Climate change and the seas — 30 Jun 2015
Climate change is warming the oceans, causing acidification of marine environments, and changing rainfall patterns. This combination of factors often exacerbates of other human pressures on the seas, leading to biodiversity loss in the oceans.
Infographic Climate change and agriculture — 30 Jun 2015
Agriculture both contributes to climate change and is affected by climate change. The EU needs to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions from agriculture and adapt its food-production system to cope with climate change. Faced with growing global demand and competition for resources, the EU's food production and consumption need to be seen in a broader context, linking agriculture, energy, and food security.
Infographic Soil and climate change — 30 Jun 2015
Soil is an important and often neglected element of the climate system. It is the second largest carbon store, or "sink", after the oceans. Restoring key ecosystems on land, and a sustainable use of the land in urban and rural areas, can help us mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Infographic Mitigating climate change — 30 Jun 2015
The European Union's effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are working. In fact, the EU is expected to meet its unilateral 20 % reduction target (compared to 1990) ahead of the agreed 2020 deadline. Moreover, the EU intends to reduce domestic emissions by at least 40 % by 2030 and further decarbonise its economy by 2050. The EU currently emits around 10 % of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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