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Key provider of environmental knowledge in Europe

The EEA is the key knowledge provider on Europe’s environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy in Europe. Our task is to provide impartial, sound, timely and reliable data and knowledge on Europe’s environment.

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How does the emission trading scheme work?

Emission trading scheme? Cap and trade? What do these words mean? And how does it all contribute to reduced emissions of greenhouse gases? This animation shows how the scheme works.

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One degree matters

One degree matters

13 Dec 2009

'One degree matters' follows social and business leaders as they travel to Greenland and experience for themselves the dramatic effects of the melting of the ice cap and come to understand the planetary effects of climate change and the impacts these will have on society and the economy. The film brings to the screen the latest science from the Arctic and shows why a further rise in global temperature of one degree matters for the future of humankind.

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Bending the trend

Bending the trend

10 Dec 2009

On Tuesday 8 December, Antoine Le Menestrel performed a thrilling dramatic ascent of the facades of the EEA and the French Embassy at Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen. The French climber and his company, Lézards Bleus, used the monumental architecture, music and light to draw the public's attention to the urgent need to tackle climate change.

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COP 15, the future decided now

The climate meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 is a crucial step in a process dating back to 1992 and the UN's 'Earth Summit' in Rio de Janeiro. Called 'COP15' for short, it will be the most important global climate change meeting ever.

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“If I were President of Europe…” – just what would you do to help the environment?

Students from the Copenhagen International School answer to the question “If you were the President of Europe, what would you do to help decrease pollution and improve our environment?”. Increasing taxes on cars and using that money to invest in environmentally-friendly forms of transportation are the most cited policies a green President would implement.

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What are the environmental concerns of Europe’s future policy makers?

Curious as to how the future policy-makers and voters feel about Europe's environment, the EEA interviewed young Europeans at the first ever Youth Summit organised by the European Commission. The event was part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Rome Treaty. More environmental education, alternative sources of energy and stricter transportation laws are some of the proposals put forth by the youth.

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Celebrating Europe and its environment – past successes, future challenges. Interview with EEA’s executive director Prof. Jacqueline McGlade

2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. In this interview, EEA’s executive director Prof. Jacqueline McGlade looks back at the last 50 years of Europe’s environmental policy and reflects on the challenges that still lie ahead.

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