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Highlight object code Extreme weather driving countries to adapt to climate change — 14 Oct 2014
Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date. Extreme weather events and EU policies were the most common reasons for beginning to address adaptation.
Highlight Europe’s climate continues to change — 06 Aug 2014
The period from 2004-2013 was the warmest decade on record in Europe. Many other changes significant for Europe have been observed across the climate system, including warming oceans, rising sea level and shrinking snow cover, ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers.
Press Release Troff document Water quality excellent at most of Europe's bathing sites — 27 May 2014
The water at Europe's beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal sites performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.
Highlight Improving transparency in water services — 06 May 2014
The average European directly uses approximately 130 litres of water per day. Better access to data on water supply and treatment may help Europe use this precious resource more efficiently, according to a new report on water utilities.
Highlight Water: nutrient and heavy metal pollution 'decoupling' from growth — 24 Feb 2014
European households are generating lower levels of nutrient pollution in water, despite a growing population. In a similar example of 'absolute decoupling', levels of some pollutants from agriculture and manufacturing have fallen in recent years, while the economic production of these sectors has grown.
Highlight Water: Charging full cost can encourage more efficient use — 27 Sep 2013
Flat-fee water charges are still common in parts of Europe. Such schemes, where users pay a fee regardless of the volume used, do not encourage efficient behaviour, either in households or agriculture, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Highlight River Rhine commended for river basin management — 13 Sep 2013
The River Rhine has won the first ever International River Foundation (IRF) European River Prize, which is given for remarkable achievements in integrated river basin management. The other finalists were the Órbigo River in Spain, the Upper Drau in Austria, and the Mura-Drava-Danube in Central Europe.
Highlight Blue-green algae - check the water before you swim — 29 Jul 2013
Most beaches, lakes and rivers in Europe were clean and healthy last year. But water quality can be affected by many unforeseen factors, including sewage, agricultural waste and algae. The European Environment Agency (EEA) recommends checking local water quality information before you jump in.
Highlight Flood risk in Europe: the long-term outlook — 05 Jun 2013
Floods in Central Europe have caused deaths and widespread property damage across parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Such events are likely to increase in Europe for several reasons including climate change, according to recent assessments from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Press Release Europe’s bathing waters continue to improve — 21 May 2013
Ninety-four per cent of bathing sites in the European Union meet minimum standards for water quality, according to the European Environment Agency's annual report on bathing water quality in Europe. Water quality is excellent at 78 % of sites and almost 2 % more sites meet the minimum requirements compared to last year's report.
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.
Press Release Water management in Europe faces rising challenges as ecosystems weaken — 26 Nov 2012
Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits.
Highlight More than half of EU surface waters below ‘good’ ecological status — 14 Nov 2012
Water pollution and physical modifications are still affecting the ecology of many of Europe’s lakes, rivers, transitional water bodies and coastal waters. These problems are likely to prevent the water bodies reaching ‘good’ status by 2015, a target set by the EU’s Water Framework Directive (WFD).
Highlight Managing water and human activities together — 24 Aug 2012
River basins, lakes, floodplains and marshes often span political and administrative boundaries. This creates challenges in the management of Europe's water resources, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which recommends better integration of coordinated spatial planning and water management.
Highlight ECRINS map project pinpoints water information in Europe — 18 Jul 2012
Europe’s freshwater supplies are under pressure. To improve the understanding and management of water resources, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has created a comprehensive series of map layers showing hydrological features. The tool, providing support to policy makers, spans river catchments from Iceland to the edge of the Persian Gulf.
Press Release Clean water at majority of EU holiday destinations — 23 May 2012
Good news if you're planning a beach holiday in Europe this summer: 92.1 % of bathing waters in the European Union now meet the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive. This includes the Serpentine Lake in London, which will host several Olympics events, including the Open Water Marathon Swim and the swimming section of the triathlon.
Highlight Troff document Water: how can we account for our most vital resource? — 10 May 2012
The world is entering a period of growing water scarcity: by 2030, global demand for fresh water could outstrip supply by more than 40 % if water is used in the same way that it is today. These stark figures are the background to a new report from the International Resource Panel, a group of natural resources experts hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Press Release Europe needs to use water more efficiently — 13 Mar 2012
Europe needs to redouble efforts in using water more efficiently to avoid undermining its economy, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Inefficient water use impacts hard on the resources needed by ecosystems and people, both vital assets for European productivity and security.
Highlight Environmental information network extends across Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation — 23 Sep 2011
Government ministers and delegates from 53 countries agreed to extend the European network for sharing environmental information across the pan-European region. The commitment was made at the seventh Ministerial Environment for Europe summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, which concluded today.
Press Release Troff document Pan-European assessment asks: 'What do we know about water and green economy?' — 21 Sep 2011
Ministers will meet in Astana, Kazakhstan, today to discuss water issues and greening the economy at the seventh 'Environment for Europe' Ministerial Conference, running from 21 - 23 September 2011. To support the Conference, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is launching an innovative Assessment of Assessments report, which recommends ways that environmental information and policy making can be more closely aligned.
Highlight chemical/x-pdb Water quality and wastewater treatment — WISE interactive maps updated — 25 Jul 2011
A series of maps on water quality, updated with the latest information reported by countries, has been published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The maps display water quality parameters in various receiving waters across Europe, alongside information on urban wastewater treatment and receiving areas sensitive to eutrophication.
Highlight text/x-sh Hazardous substances in Europe’s fresh and marine waters – an overview — 14 Jul 2011
Hazardous substances in fresh and marine water can harm aquatic life and pose a risk to human health, according to a new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report notes that while European legislation to address the issue is relatively strong, new challenges exist including ‘emerging pollutants’ where potential effects are not yet fully understood. More effort is also needed to ensure that chemicals are produced and used more sustainably.
Press Release C source code header Bathing water quality remains high around the EU — 16 Jun 2011
The quality of bathing water across Europe declined slightly between 2009 and 2010, but the overall quality was still high. More than nine out of 10 bathing water sites now meet the minimum requirements.
Highlight PostScript document Europe's water information at your fingertips — 22 Mar 2011
Our demand for water and wastewater discharges, often have a substantial impact on the quality and quantity of freshwater resources. On World Water Day, 22 March, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and partners presented a new and improved version of the web portal Water Information System for Europe (WISE).
Highlight Take a look at your water environment — 23 Jun 2010
What are the nutrient levels in your coastal waters or nearby lake? Do you live in an area where urban waste water treatment fails to meet the EU requirements? The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides the answers through its interactive maps, which have been updated with new water quality data.
Press Release C source code header EU bathing water quality remains high — 10 Jun 2010
Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date information on bathing sites.
Highlight Everything about fresh water in Europe — 22 Mar 2010
Clean fresh water is essential to life. Unfortunately, almost all human activities affect water quality. On World Water Day, 22 March, the European Environment Agency (EEA) is enriching the information on the web-based Water Information System for Europe (WISE) with two new sets of data on urban waste water and pollutant releases.
Highlight Marine biodiversity: life in seas under threat — 17 Mar 2010
Climate change, pollution, acidification, over-exploitation of fish stocks, invasive alien species all threaten life in our seas and consequently the services we obtain from them. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new short assessment of marine biodiversity takes a closer look at the ‘less known half’ of EU territory.
Press Release Interactive technology empowers Europeans to manage environmental change — 17 Nov 2009
As part of their partnership combining cutting-edge technology and environmental data, Microsoft Corp and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have expanded their Eye On Earth portal. A new application, AirWatch provides information on air quality to more than 500 million people across Europe. For the first time, EEA brings together both measured and modelled data alongside citizens' observations on air quality.
Press Release Pollution: new European register gives public access to information on emissions from European industrial facilities — 09 Nov 2009
The European Commission and the European Environment Agency today launched a comprehensive new European pollutant release and transfer register – E-PRTR. The register contains information about the quantity and location of pollutants released to air, water and land by industrial facilities throughout Europe. It includes annual data for 91 substances and covers more than 24 000 facilities in 65 economic activities. It also provides additional information, such as the amount and types of waste transferred from facilities to waste handlers both inside and outside each country.
Highlight Pascal source code EEA joins forces with European Water Partnership — 29 Sep 2009
The European Environment Agency and the European Water Partnership (EWP) announced today a new cooperation plan to improve water use in Europe. The first initiatives of the cooperation will be to develop a vision for sustainable water, raise awareness and strengthen information flows.
Highlight application/x-internet-signup The Alps: Europe’s cherished but endangered mountains — 09 Sep 2009
As the ‘water towers of Europe’, the Alps play a crucial role in sustaining the social and economic wellbeing of millions of people living in vast lowland areas. A complex and vulnerable ecosystem, they represent Europe’s central landmark.
Highlight PostScript document Everything about your favourite beach is now at your fingertips — 18 Jun 2009
How is the water quality at your favourite bathing spot? What do other beachgoers think? What does the beach look like? The European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft environmental information portal 'Eye on Earth' shows not only the latest information on water quality but also user ratings and comments, pictures and live webcam streaming.
Press Release Bathing water quality improving in the EU — 11 Jun 2009
The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2008. During that bathing season some 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 92 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards. The report provides useful water quality information for the millions of people who visit Europe's beaches every summer.
Press Release Drought and water overuse in Europe — 17 Mar 2009
From golf courses to books, olive oil to vaccinations, all the goods and services that we rely on, together with many of our daily activities, require a vital resource: water. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that in many parts of Europe water use is unsustainable and provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources.
Highlight Sustainable water management: better information for better choices — 05 Sep 2008
Clear information and citizen involvement are crucial if we are to bring about improvements in Europe's environment, particularly in the field of water, says Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA.
Highlight Heading for your favourite beach? Is the bathing water clean? — 30 Jul 2008
The European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft today launched a new environmental information portal ‘Eye on Earth’, displaying the latest information on the water quality in bathing sites across Europe. Through its first application ‘Water Watch’, the new portal allows users to rate beaches and to share their comments with others.
Highlight Plain Text Check last year's water quality in your favourite bathing spot — 02 Jun 2008
The 'Water Information System for Europe' (WISE) now allows users to view the quality of the bathing water in more than 21 000 coastal beaches and freshwater bathing sites across Europe during the 2007 bathing season. WISE also includes new information on urban wastewater treatment and water quality in European lakes and rivers.
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 Pascal source code Become an undercover agent to defend the environment in a comic strip — 16 Apr 2008
Children can now learn about ways to protect the environment, while chasing eco-villains on the European Environment Agency's new 'Eco Agents' website, available in 24 languages.
Highlight Better public information in European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) — 07 Jun 2007
A clearer picture of the air and water pollution coming out of Europe's industrial installations is now available to the public due to improved and more complete reporting from industry. This is a key conclusion in an EPER data review report released today by the European Commission.
Highlight Get WISE about clean bathing water — 31 May 2007
Use WISE (Water Information System for Europe) - a European Commission/European Environment Agency interactive internet tool - to check how clean bathing water is becoming at your next holiday destination. WISE offers a fully integrated picture of water quality along Europe's coastlines and inland waterways by showing both bathing water quality levels and wastewater treatment at each location. It also documents how bathing water has improved throughout Europe over the last 10 years and provides a full summary of Europe’s bathing water quality in 2006.
Highlight D source code New water information system for Europe (WISE) unveiled — 22 Mar 2007
WISE (Water Information System for Europe) — a new interactive Internet tool that informs Europe’s citizens about water quality and EU water policy — was jointly released by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) today at the European Water Conference 2007 in Brussels.
Highlight EEA fuels debate on adapting water policies to climate change — 13 Feb 2007
Climate change needs to be mainstreamed into water quality, water availability and flooding policies and strategies, according to a new EEA report. The report 'Climate change and water adaptation issues', says that existing adaptive measures are not sufficient, and are concentrated in flood defences.
Highlight D source code Updated European Pollutant Emission Register launched — 23 Nov 2006
EPER, a register of 50 air and water pollutants' emissions produced by large and medium-sized industrial facilities in all EU Member States and Norway, was originally launched in 2004. The updated version of EPER contains data for the new EU Member States.
Press Release Tackling wastewater pollution at source cheaper than cleaning up — 07 Oct 2005
Policies using taxes to cut pollution offer the most cost effective route to reaching EU wastewater targets
Press Release Commission and EEA win award for informing the public on industrial pollution — 15 Apr 2005
Last night the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) won an award for best new electronic information source for the publication of the European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER). EPER is the first Europe-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water and was launched in February 2004. It makes detailed information on pollution from around 10,000 large industrial facilities in the EU and Norway publicly accessible on the internet for the first time. The European Information Association awarded EPER first place in its Electronic Sources Category, recognising it as the best of a large number of electronic publications, databases and websites produced at European level in 2004.
Press Release Commission and EEA make public extensive information about industrial pollution in your neighbourhood — 23 Feb 2004
Today the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER), the first Europe-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water.
Press Release European Environment Agency pays tribute to Poul Harremoës — 02 Dec 2003
The European Environment Agency today paid tribute to Prof. Poul Harremoës, a globally renowned water engineer and long-serving member of the EEA's Scientific Committee, who has died after a short illness.
Press Release Europe's water quality generally improving but agriculture still the main challenge — 27 Nov 2003
The protection and quality of Europe's water is generally improving but there is little or no progress in combating some types of pollution or overuse of water in certain regions, both issues that are linked particularly to agriculture.
Press Release D source code EEA report highlights measures to promote sustainable water use — 05 Apr 2001
Cost and lack of information are preventing many European households from using devices that can substantially cut their water consumption, according to a new European Environment Agency report on sustainable water use.

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