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Forest fires in Southern Europe

An increase over recent years in the frequency and extent of forest fires in the Mediterranean region, has had a significant impact on soil erosion. Frequently repeated forest fires contribute to the desertification of marginal lands. EEA's report "Europe's environment - The Third Assessment" provides an overview of the effects of wildfire on the environment, in particular soil erosion.

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Heatwave sparks smog warnings through Europe

Concentrations of damaging ground-level ozone increase when summer sunshine ignites polluting emissions from transport and industry.

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Algal bloom in coastal waters

The hot weather affecting much of Europe is encouraging the formation of coloured 'blooms' of algae in several coastal areas, which can make bathing unpleasant and pose a range of problems for coastal ecosystems.

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Heatwaves, floods and droughts in Europe

Currently much of Europe is drying up in a heatwave, but one year ago the problem was too much rain as parts of central Europe suffered serious flooding.

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Europe's water: An indicator-based assessment - Summary

This summary presents the main findings and key messages from the upcoming report Europe's water - an indicator-based assessment, which assesses the quality and quantity of Europe's water resources. The report seeks to answer a number of questions formulated to assess whether the broad objectives and targets of EU water policy are being achieved and to indicate where policy gaps may occur.

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