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The Alps are among the richest regions of Europe in terms ecosystems and species. What are the key environmental challenges the region face and how could they be addressed? Check out our new pages on the Alpine region which look at issues such as tourism, climate change and water management: goo.gl/5ZBnYw
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What comes to your mind when you think of nature, economy and well-being? This was the question our photography competition ‪#‎Picture2050‬ asked Europeans. An external jury and the public selected the five winning entries among hundreds submitted from across Europe. Take a look at the winners. http://goo.gl/TGyi3d
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What comes to your mind when you think of nature, economy and well-being? Check out the finalists of our photo competition 'Picture2050' and pick your favourites. 

Your votes will determine the winner of the Public's Choice Award.

http://goo.gl/ZFs3nq
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#‎Emissions‬ released outside the EU due to EU domestic final demand rose from 13% in 1995 to 24% in 1998. Imports of clothing accounted for 87% of expenditure on clothing, while that on electronic and electical products accounted for 74% of expenditure on such products in 2012. ‪#‎SOER‬
European systems of production and consumption generate diverse environmental, social and economic impacts — supporting livelihoods globally but also creating significant environmental pressures. Household consumption expenditure in Europe increased by 23% in 1996–2012, contributing to increases ...
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Agriculture in Europe: decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and less pesticides but still an exceedance of nutrients, water pollution and loss of ‪#‎biodiversity‬. Since 1990, emissions from the agricultural sector in Europe have declined by 22%. However, in the same period, farmland bird populations have declined by 30% and grassland butterfly populations by 50%. ‪#‎SOER‬
European agriculture — 40% of the land — serves societal demands for food production, pollination and energy. Long-observed environmental impacts are mixed: decreasing GHG emissions, less pesticide use but exceedance of nutrients, diffuse pollution to water and dramatic loss of grassland ...
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Cross-country analysis shows a strong correlation of energy use to economic output. Yet in many developed countries energy use has been stable for some decades. In 2012, the citizens of EU-28 countries consumed roughly the same amount of energy as they did in the late-1970s. In the US, energy use per person has changed little in almost half a century, while GDP per person has more than doubled. ‪#‎SOER‬
Global use of material resources has increased ten-fold since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030. Escalating demand may jeopardise access to some essential resources and cause environmental harm. Uneven geographical distribution of some resources could further increase price volatility, ...
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Climate agreement: towards a low-carbon, climate resilient world

The December issue of the EEA's newsletter is out. Check out the EEA's latest updates on Europe's environment...
http://goo.gl/B4Sg5h
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Nature can actually help reduce the impacts of climate change. A new report by the European Environment Agency explores how ‘green infrastructure’ can help Europe prepare for and reduce the loss from weather- and climate-related hazards.
http://goo.gl/VKGNmk
Building and managing a well-planned network of natural areas might provide an effective and, in many cases, cheaper solution for coping with natural disasters such as floods or landslides. A new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores how ‘green infrastructure’ can help Europe prepare for and reduce the loss from weather- and climate-related hazards.
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In Europe, protected ‪#‎forest‬ areas account for more than 45% of the Natura 2000 protected areas, 31% of the national designated protected areas, and about 12% of the total #forest area. Despite efforts to halt loss of ‪#‎biodiversity‬, 80% of forest habitat assessments still show an unfavourable conservation status. ‪#‎SOER‬
Forests provide a range of ecosystem services from capturing and storing carbon to providing bio-fuel, timber as well as social benefits. However, our forests, which have increased in area by 17 million hectares since 1990, face growing pressure from fragmentation, expanding urban areas, ...
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What comes to mind when you think of nature, the economy and well-being? 

Share your views in our new photo competition ‘Picture2050 – Living well, within the limits of our planet’! 

http://goo.gl/vWg7mV
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Despite a scarcity of available information on EU ‪#‎marine‬ ‪#‎biodiversity‬ as an indicator for patterns of change in the seas, observations show that many marine species across European seas continue to experience a decrease in population size as well as a loss of distribution range and habitat due to impacts from human pressures. ‪#‎SOER‬
Seas and oceans act as a coherent ecosystem. Across all of Europe's regional seas, marine biodiversity is in poor condition: only 7% of marine species assessments indicate 'favourable conservation status'. Effects of climate change (e.g. acidification) add to the cumulative impacts.
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Developing regions are rapidly increasing their share of global economic output, trade and investment. For Europe, this rebalancing presents competitive threats but also economic opportunities in meeting the demand of a fast growing global middle class. ‪#‎SOER‬ Global megatrends.
Driven by structural change, fast-growing workforces and trade liberalisation, developing regions are rapidly increasing their share of global economic output, trade and investment. For Europe, this rebalancing presents competitive threats but also economic opportunities in meeting the demand of ...
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Providing sound, independent information on Europe's environment.
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The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 33 member countries.
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