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SOER Key fact Urban - key fact 3
Urban transport accounts for 70 % of the pollutants and 40 % of the greenhouse gas emissions from European road transport.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Key fact Urban - key fact 1
In Europe, around 75 % of the population lives in urban areas and this is projected to increase to about 80 % by 2020.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
SOER Message Urban environment — key message 3
Cities, due to the high concentration of people and activities, deliver and demand goods and services that impact their own areas and regions far away. While cities in Europe contribute 69 % of the continent's CO2 emissions, an urban resident consumes less energy than a rural resident. Urban density and compactness enable more energy efficient forms of housing and transport – an asset for a more sustainable Europe.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message Adapting to climate change — key message 3
Vulnerabilities differ across regions, sectors and communities, with pronounced consequences expected in the Mediterranean basin, north-western and central-eastern Europe and the Arctic. Many coastal zones, mountains and areas prone to river floods are particularly vulnerable, as are cities and urban areas. In some sectors and regions new opportunities may occur. However, with increases in both temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, adverse effects are likely to dominate in the medium to long term.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Adapting to climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Publication chemical/x-pdb Urban environment - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The global population is congregating in our cities. Eighty per cent of the world’s estimated nine billion people in 2050 are expected to live in urban areas. Our cities and urban areas face many challenges from social to health to environmental. The impacts of cities and urban areas are felt in other regions which supply cities with food, water and energy and absorb pollution and waste. However, the proximity of people, businesses and services associated with the very word ‘city’ means that there are also huge opportunities. Indeed, well designed, well managed urban settings offer a key opportunity for sustainable living.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Thematic assessments
Figure Pressure changes on wetlands from urban proximity (1990–2000) summarised at NUTS 2 level in parts of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions
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Figure Madrid: impact of urban sprawl 2000–2006 on Natura 2000 sites
Madrid: impact of urban sprawl 2000–2006 on Natura 2000 sites
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Figure Comparing the degree of soil sealing and the surface temperatures in Budapest, Hungary
Comparing the degree of soil sealing and the surface temperatures in Budapest, Hungary
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Figure Share of green urban areas in European cities, 2006
Cities are core cities following the Urban Audit definition (Eurostat, 2010). In most cases the delineation of the core city matches the urban built-up area. But in some cases the delineation also includes substantial areas outside the urban built-up areas (parts of the urban fringe and hinterland); in other cases, it includes only city centres
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Data Urban Atlas
The Urban Atlas is providing pan-European comparable land use and land cover data for Large Urban Zones with more than 100.000 inhabitants as defined by the Urban Audit. The GIS data can be downloaded together with a map for each urban area covered and a report with the metadata.
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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