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Air pollution from traffic is still a pressing problem for European cities

Human exposure to increased pollutant concentrations in densely populated urban areas is high. Air quality limit values, which are aimed at protecting public health, are frequently exceeded especially in streets and other urban hotspots. An EEA study of 20 European cities found air pollution above recommended levels in every one, according to a new EEA report. The improvement of air quality is therefore imperative.

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CAP needs to be more targeted for better environmental effectiveness

Environmental efforts pursued through the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) need to be better targeted geographically to maximise their effectiveness according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen.

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European early warning systems would help against natural disasters

Alert systems would warn Europe against natural disasters and help minimise their effects. This was the message Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, gave at a public hearing in the European Parliament today in Brussels. The hearing, 'Natural Disasters - How should Europe Respond' focused on how the EU could best prepare for future events.

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Thirty-one becomes thirty-two

Switzerland joins the European Environment Agency as full member from 1 April, thus becoming the Agency’s thirty-second member country. This decision was concluded 28 February by the Council, which also ratified a number of other bilateral agreements with the country.

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Market-based instruments spreading across Europe

Market based instruments (MBIs), such as environment taxes and emission trading schemes, are increasingly being used to implement environmental policy across Europe. This is according to a report released by the European Environment Agency at a meeting of high-level economists in Copenhagen today.

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