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Highlight Ljubljana wins European Green Capital Award for 2016 — 24 Jun 2014
Slovenian capital Ljubljana has been named European Green Capital 2016 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, the current holder of the Green Capital title.
Highlight Explore nature across Europe on Biodiversity Day — 22 May 2014
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has upgraded EUNIS, the only web portal comprehensively linking protected sites, species and habitat types, to coincide with International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May.
Highlight ‘Environment & Me’ photo competition open for entries — 01 May 2014
A new competition from the European Environment Agency (EEA) invites both professional and amateur photographers to capture what the environment means to them. Participants can win cash prizes and their photographs may be used to communicate environmental issues in major EEA reports.
Highlight IPCC report shows growing risks from already-present climate change — 31 Mar 2014
Climate change is already having substantial and widespread impacts around the world, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Drawing on a larger body of evidence than ever before, it highlights a wide range of risks in vital areas such as food supply, human health and economic development.
Highlight application/x-troff-ms Mapping habitats to describe ecosystems — 26 Feb 2014
As technology has improved, so has our understanding of the environment. For example, satellite imagery and other remote sensing techniques can quickly show us that forest cover is increasing in Europe. But in order to capture the complexity of ecological conditions and dynamics on the ground, it is essential to also use field-based surveying methods.
Highlight EU satellite data to be freely available — 18 Nov 2013
Satellite observations have become vital to our understanding of the environment. From next month, the European Commission will provide free, full and open access to a wealth of data gathered by Copernicus, Europe’s Earth observation system.
Highlight IPCC report provides new evidence of climate change — 27 Sep 2013
As scientists have increased their understanding of the climate system, they have been able to state with increasing certainty that the Earth’s climate has changed beyond historic variability, and that humans are the main cause. This is demonstrated in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Highlight World Environment Day: Why is the environment important? — 05 Jun 2013
On World Environment Day (5 June), the European Environment Agency's new Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx discusses the importance of the environment.
Highlight text/texmacs New director Hans Bruyninckx starts work at the EEA — 03 Jun 2013
Belgian Hans Bruyninckx has taken office as Executive Director at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen.
Highlight Octet Stream Jacqueline McGlade leaves the EEA after 10 years as Executive Director — 31 May 2013
On 31 May, after 10 years of providing advice and information on the environment to policy makers, governments and citizens, Professor Jacqueline McGlade will end her second term as Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA). Her work has shaped Europe’s most important environmental information provider.
Highlight Troff document Independent evaluation commends EEA impact and efficiency — 08 Apr 2013
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has been given overall good marks in an independent evaluation of its work, which has concluded that the European body is a well-functioning and effective organisation.
Highlight application/java-serialized-object Eye on Earth First User Conference: A real eye opener — 07 Mar 2013
The city of Dublin was the setting for the first Eye on Earth User Conference, organised by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Highlight How to measure environmental pressures from production and consumption? — 04 Mar 2013
The consumption and production of goods and services is currently unsustainable in Europe, with ‘decoupling’ of environmental pressures from economic growth insufficient to date. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) describes methods for quantifying environmental pressures caused by European consumption patterns and economic production sectors. These methods can help target decoupling actions.
Press Release The cost of ignoring the warning signs - EEA publishes ‘Late Lessons from Early Warnings, volume II’ — 22 Jan 2013
New technologies have sometimes had very harmful effects, but in many cases the early warning signs have been suppressed or ignored. The second volume of Late Lessons from Early Warnings investigates specific cases where danger signals have gone unheeded, in some cases leading to deaths, illness and environmental destruction.
Highlight EEA reviews new findings from 2012, the Year of Water — 27 Dec 2012
Europe needs to work harder to protect its water resources from increasing pressures. This was one of the messages that emerged during 2012, ‘European Year of Water’. The European Environment Agency (EEA) also presented important findings in many other areas, including air, climate, biodiversity and chemicals.
Highlight object code EEA land cover data to be used in mobile phone maps — 13 Dec 2012
Data on land use provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) is soon to be included in electronic maps used for navigation in mobile phones and other devices.
Highlight Capture the invisible for the EEA photo story competition — 18 Sep 2012
The air we breathe may not be the most photogenic subject, but depicting an odourless, colourless gas is the challenge set out by ImaginAIR, a new competition created by the European Environment Agency (EEA) which invites participants to tell a story about Europe's air in three pictures.
Highlight EEA seeks five new members of its Scientific Committee — 03 Aug 2012
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is looking for scientists interested in becoming members of its Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee supports the EEA by providing independent opinions on the Agency's work programmes, recruitment of scientific staff, and scientific questions from the Management Board or Executive Director.
Highlight Deputy Director Gordon McInnes retires after 20 years at the EEA — 01 Aug 2012
Gordon McInnes retired from the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday. He has worked at the EEA and its predecessor, the Commission’s Task Force, since 1992.
Highlight D source code Sahara dust, sea spray and fires contribute to bad air quality — 11 Jul 2012
Human activities are the main cause of poor air quality, but natural sources of air pollution also play a role. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) considers how particulate matter from these natural sources affects the air we breathe.
Highlight Troff document Copenhagen beats Bristol and Frankfurt to win European Green Capital 2014 — 29 Jun 2012
The city of Copenhagen in Denmark has won the European Green Capital Award for 2014, fending off strong competition from two other finalists, Bristol in England and Frankfurt in Germany. Fourteen cities entered the competition, of which three finalist cities presented their vision, action plans and communication strategies to the jury earlier this month.
Highlight What money can't buy - UN discusses happiness as a measure of progress — 04 Apr 2012
The world needs to move away from measuring success in purely economic terms, and should instead consider other criteria, including distribution of resources, sustainability, health, human rights and education. These were the discussions in a landmark meeting of the United Nations (UN), calling for new measurements of wellbeing beyond GDP in the run up to the Rio sustainability summit in June.
Highlight Vacancy notice now published for EEA Executive Director - to take office June 2013 — 10 Feb 2012
The EEA has a key role in providing the knowledge base to help the European Commission, European Parliament, EU Member States and other EEA member and cooperating countries to make informed decisions and policies about improving the environment and integrating environmental considerations into economic activities, so as to develop Europe along a sustainable, low-carbon and resource-efficient path.
Highlight D source code Economic growth must be decoupled from environmental harm – the EEA evaluates findings from 2011 — 21 Dec 2011
Europe’s impact on the environment is still very much linked to the economy. This message was clear in many of the reports and datasets published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2011, as analysts were able to clearly see a decrease in various emissions and types of environmental damage during the 2009 recession.
Highlight Global initiative for sharing information takes off at Eye on Earth Summit — 16 Dec 2011
At the Eye on Earth summit in Abu Dhabi this week, many different global and national organisations committed to contributing large volumes of environmental data to the new Eye on Earth global public information service developed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and partners.
Press Release New Eye on Earth global mapping and information service now live — 13 Dec 2011
A new global web service allowing users to create maps and visualise data on environmental issues is now live. The new Eye on Earth global public information service brings together vast amounts of data about the environment in a powerful, visual format.
Highlight New IPCC report addresses risks of extreme events and disasters — 23 Nov 2011
It is "virtually certain" that warm weather extreme events will become more frequent this century, according to a new summary report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 18 November. In order to explore ways of adapting to heatwaves and other extreme events potentially exacerbated in future by climate change, the IPCC has brought together a range of scientific and professional expertise.
Highlight Building better environmental policy by looking into the future — 21 Oct 2011
As we prepare for a future yet unwritten, a cascade of uncertainty presents itself - the future structure of our society and economies is uncertain; the environmental changes that may result are uncertain; and how we might react or adapt to such environmental changes is also uncertain. Against the backdrop of these and many other uncertainties, long-term analysis can help create more robust environmental policy and the space for innovative thinking.
Highlight Health risks from mobile phone radiation – why the experts disagree — 12 Oct 2011
Mobile phones and other digital devices are now a big part of modern life – but are they dangerous? There were an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2010, so if mobile phone use is linked to head cancers, the implications are immense. We look at the scientific uncertainty in this area, and what this means for policy.
Highlight D source code EEA to enhance cooperation with Greenland — 26 Nov 2010
This week the Government of Greenland and the European Environment Agency signed an agreement aimed at improving bilateral cooperation in environmental monitoring and sharing environmental data and information. Environmental data obtained in Greenland and the Arctic in general play a key role in monitoring environmental change around the globe.
Highlight EEA kicks off public activities in the run-up to COP15 — 09 Oct 2009
On the occasion of Copenhagen Culture Night, the European Environment Agency (EEA) unveils today a webpage on its activities related to the international climate conference 'COP15'. The new webpage explains the EEA's role in the context of the international climate conference. It allows the public to explore the role of the EEA as leading European body providing authoritative information on the effects of climate change mitigation policies and the impacts of climate change.
Highlight In memory of Svend Auken — 04 Aug 2009
The Executive Director and staff of the European Environment Agency were very sad to hear of the death of Svend Auken the morning of 4 August, after lengthy illness. Svend Auken played a major role in the establishment of the EEA in Copenhagen in 1993 and was ever since a strong supporter and friend of the Agency.
Highlight text/texmacs EEA invites submissions of evidence on global trends to support forthcoming assessments — 07 Jul 2009
Understanding the state of Europe's environment and its future prospects is impossible without an appreciation of the situation and trends outside the continent. Many environmental issues are inherently transboundary and are influenced by numerous other international forces, including social, technological, economic and political interaction. At the same time, many global socio-economic drivers operate over decades, necessitating a long-term perspective.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb St Andrews Prize 2010: are you doing something for the environment? — 07 Jul 2009
The St Andrews Prize awards sustainability initiatives worldwide with USD 125 000.
Highlight EEA awarded for its contribution to environment policy — 28 May 2009
The European Environment Agency yesterday received the WWF award for Conservation Merit 2009. The award is given in recognition of long-standing commitment to local, grassroots conservation. The Agency was presented the award in recognition of its consistent excellence in collecting, analysing, interpreting and communicating environmental data to improve decision making in Europe and globally.
Highlight Informing. Interpreting. Empowering. — 17 Feb 2009
The EEA’s new Strategy outlines our plans for the next five years. It is shaped around today's and tomorrow's information needs with an emphasis on a much wider use of the environmental information being collected. We are streamlining our activities, creating new ways of working and developing new methods to bring environmental thinking into the mainstream of economic and social policy-making.
Highlight Aarhus Convention: empowering citizens 10 years on — 13 Nov 2008
Ten years after the signature of the Aarhus Convention, access to environmental information remains a priority. Combating climate change demands a huge involvement from citizens, not just from policymakers and businesses. In order to promote changes leading to better environmental protection, "the public needs to be properly informed and empowered to participate in political debates at all levels, as well being empowered to change their own way of living", says Professor Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director.
Highlight St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2009 open for submissions — 04 Aug 2008
Does your environmental conservation project need more resources and greater visibility? The St Andrews Prize for the Environment might give your project that extra boost.
Highlight European Green Capital Award: how green is your town? — 09 Jul 2008
How clean is the air in your city? Is the local transport environmentally friendly? What about noise pollution and the state of the green areas? Four out of five Europeans now live in cities and the environment in urban areas is directly linked to our quality of life.
Highlight Bridging the Gap between scientists and policy-makers — 15 May 2008
Improving environmental policies requires reliable and timely information on the environment. Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, explained at the Bridging the Gap Conference in Slovenia, how the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) will help turn scientific data into policy-relevant information.
Highlight PostScript document EEA and Microsoft will bring environmental information to your fingertips — 14 May 2008
Millions of people across Europe will have easy access to environmental information through mobile and online technology as a result of the partnership between the European Environment Agency and Microsoft.
Highlight text/texmacs St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2008 still open to entrants — 12 Sep 2007
The St Andrews Prize for the Environment is still accepting applications for its 2008 annual prize worth $ 50 000. The prize, which is one of the biggest environmental prizes worldwide, celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Celebrating Europe and its environment — 23 Mar 2007
This year not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, but also 35 years of European Union environmental policy. The European Environment Agency celebrates the occasion by looking back at the last 50 years and reflecting on the environmental challenges that lie ahead. On 25 March 1957, six countries signed the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community. Their aim was to create a Common Market in order to secure prosperity, peace and stability. Environment was not part of the policy package. Today, sustainable development and environmental protection are among the core values of the European Union, which now counts 27 Member States.
Highlight EEA workshop leads to new international activities on land and ecosystem accounting — 01 Dec 2006
Improving decision-making for sustainability by forging closer links between economists and environmentalists was the objective of an international workshop held in Copenhagen today. The workshop addressed better international cooperation between key international institutions.

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