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Sound and independent information
on the environment

Key facts

Urban - key fact 1

Urban - key fact 1

28 Nov 2010

In Europe, around 75 % of the population lives in urban areas and this is projected to increase to about 80 % by 2020.

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Urban - key fact 2

Urban - key fact 2

28 Nov 2010

Cities emit 69 % of Europe's CO2.

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Urban - key fact 3

Urban - key fact 3

28 Nov 2010

Urban transport accounts for 70 % of the pollutants and 40 % of the greenhouse gas emissions from European road transport.

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Urban - key fact 4

Urban - key fact 4

28 Nov 2010

A city affects a large area outside its own boundaries. For example, London alone is thought to need an area of almost 300 times its geographical size to satisfy its demands and for disposal of its waste and emissions.

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Urban - key fact 5

Urban - key fact 5

28 Nov 2010

Air pollutants, including fine particles and ozone precursors, can travel thousands of kilometres across the continent by air. In many cities, only a part of local air pollution is generated by the city itself.

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