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Oil spill off Galicia badly damages highly valuable ecosystems

The oil spill from the now-sunken tanker “Prestige” off the coast of Galicia is affecting one of the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the Spanish coastline. The spill is destroying the ecosystems of Costa da Morte and Cabo Fisterra, biological habitats of great value, and creating a real drama for many families in this rural area living primarily from fishing.

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OECD/EU/EEA database on economic instruments

Much information on the use of economic instruments for environmental protection and natural resource management is available in a new database. This is the result of collaboration between the EEA, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and DG Environment of the European Commission.

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Summer 2002 smog levels exceed critical threshold three days in four

Levels of potentially harmful ground-level ozone exceeded a critical threshold somewhere in Europe on more than three days out of four this summer, according to preliminary information compiled by the European Environment Agency. Ozone, the main component of summer smog, can cause serious health problems in humans and damage to ecosystems, agricultural crops and materials. It forms when certain air pollutants emitted by industry and transport react with sunlight. Ozone levels tend to be highest during warm, sunny weather, and are generally higher in southern Europe than in the north.

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