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Summer 2003 ozone pollution hits high; levels could recur for several more years

Harmful ozone pollution was the worst for almost a decade in large parts of Europe this summer, particularly during the long August heatwave, according to a preliminary assessment by the EEA. The unusually hot and sunny weather, combined with air pollutants emitted mainly by traffic, industry and vegetation, caused very long lasting and geographically extensive ‘episodes’ with high concentrations of harmful ground-level ozone. And this situation is likely to repeat itself in any future summers with above-average temperatures until measures taken under current legislation result in a much larger cut in emissions of the ‘precursor’ pollutants that cause ground-level ozone, towards the year 2010.

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European chemicals reform

Debate on a major overhaul of the European Union’s regulatory system for chemicals — the so-called REACH system — continues to rage as the European Commission prepares to adopt its proposals. In the European Parliament, a series of seminars with all major stakeholders begins this week with a political evaluation of the forthcoming proposals.

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New nature database launched

Expanded information on selected species, habitats and sites of importance for protecting Europe's biodiversity is now available through the new European Nature Information System (EUNIS).

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Indicator in focus

Indicator in focus

30 Sep 2003

Greenhouse gas emissions in 10 EU accession countries compared with Kyoto target for 2008–12 (excluding fluorinated gases and land-use change and forestry)

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