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EU greenhouse gas emissions increase for second year in a row

Emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases (GHG) from the EU-25 increased by 18 million tonnes (0.4 %) between 2003 and 2004. Emissions from the EU-15 increased by 11.5 million tonnes (0.3 %) in the same period. These figures, released today, are contained in the latest GHG inventory report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen.

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Summer ozone levels remain dangerously high over the Mediterranean

Summer ozone levels continue to exceed EU safe levels, threatening health across Europe, according to a report released today by the EEA. Although not as high as in the record year 2003, ozone levels in the summer of 2005 went beyond levels considered safe by the EU Ozone Directive.

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Bioenergy - Fuelling Europe's future?

Europe can produce sufficient bioenergy to meet its renewable energy target without harming the environment. However, this requires an appropriate policy framework, says a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report, 'How much bioenergy can Europe produce without harming the environment?' was launched today to coincide with the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy council meeting in Luxembourg, where ministers will discuss the Biomass Action Plan.

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EEA leaders visit Switzerland

The Chairman of the EEA Management board Lars Erik Liljelund and the Agency's Executive Director Prof Jacqueline McGlade met with Swiss authorities on 8 June to discuss among other things the integration of Switzerland into EEA activities.

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Climate change awareness campaign: The Finnish start

The European Commission's climate campaign 'Contribute to limiting climate change' is now rolling in country after country. On 5 June, which is also the UN Environment Day, EEA Executive Director Prof Jacqueline McGlade took part in the kick-off press conference in Helsinki, alongside the Finnish Environment Minister and Trade and Industry Minister and the Director General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, among others. The press conference was followed by a public event in the Esplanadi Park.

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