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New EEA report: "Climate health risks posed by floods, droughts and water quality call for urgent action"

What we do

Together with our Eionet network, we provide the knowledge and the data needed to achieve sustainability in Europe.

We support policies with evidence-based knowledge
to help the European Union and our member countries achieve sustainability

We build and maintain networks and partnerships
to facilitate sharing of knowledge and expertise across Europe

We inform public and policy discussions
on sustainability solutions and challenges

We collect, quality check and disseminate data,
making full use of digitalisation and latest innovative technologies

Europe is not prepared for rapidly growing climate risks

Extreme heat, drought, wildfires, and flooding, as experienced in recent years, will worsen in Europe even under optimistic global warming scenarios and affect living conditions throughout the continent. The EEA has published the first ever European Climate Risk Assessment (EUCRA) to help identify policy priorities for climate change adaptation and for climate-sensitive sectors.

According to the assessment, Europe’s policies and adaptation actions are not keeping pace with the rapidly growing risks. In many cases, incremental adaptation will not be sufficient and, as many measures to improve climate resilience require a long time, urgent action may be needed even on risks that are not yet critical. 

Our 8th Environment Action Programme monitoring report concludes that the EU risks missing most of the targets by 2030. Reducing environmental and climate pressures related to production and consumption is assessed to be particularly challenging. 

Leena Ylä-Mononen

EEA Executive Director

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