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pollution at street level in European cities (Technical report No 1/2006):
Traffic-related air pollution is still one of the most pressing problems
in urban areas. Evidence of the adverse health effects of fine particulate
matter is continuously emerging and it is alarming that most of the
traffic-related emissions are in the fine particulates range (< PM2.5).
Human exposure to increased pollutant concentrations in densely populated
urban areas is high. The improvement of air quality is therefore imperative.
Air quality limit values, which are aimed at protecting public health,
are frequently exceeded especially in streets and other urban hotspots.
environmental integration in EU agriculture (Briefing No 1/2006):
Farming has a strong impact on the environment in the European Union
(EU), both in a negative and a positive sense. The common agricultural
policy (CAP) is a major driver of the agricultural sector, and can therefore
positively influence environmental management by farmers.
issues in the Mediterranean environment (EEA Report No 4/2006):
The environment around the Mediterranean Sea region will not improve
until there is the political will to enforce current and future environment
legislation, says a new report, launched today. 'Priority issues in
the Mediterranean Environment', a joint report by the European Environment
Agency (EEA) and the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), was launched
at a meeting of the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention,
taking place in Portoroz, Slovenia. The report, which scans existing
and emerging pollution issues, draws a picture at the regional level
but also provides an environmental profile for each of the Mediterranean
instruments for environmental policy in Europe (Technical report No
8): This report presents an assessment of the main and most recent
developments in the use of market-based instruments in European environmental
policy. The report covers a range of instruments which are used as tools
to achieve environmental objectives. These instruments include: environmental
taxes, charges and deposit-refund systems, environmental tax reform,
emissions trading schemes, subsidies, and liability and compensation
requirements. The report finds a steadily growing application of market-based
instruments across Europe. It also identifies the need for cost-effective
policy measures in order to make authorities more aware of the advantages
of implementing MBIs.
Environment Outlook (EEA Report No 4/2005): Protecting our environment
is a key element in ensuring sustainable livelihoods for today's and
future generations. Indeed, the most recent Eurobarometer surveys show
that as Europeans we regard the protection of our environment to be
one of the six key priorities for the European Union. Issues of particular
concern are water and air pollution, man-made disasters, and climate
change. In addition, new challenges arising from diffuse sources of
pollution, changing consumption patterns, and the possibility of sudden
extreme environmental changes all need to be addressed.
policy integration in Europe - Administrative culture and practices
(Technical report No 5/2005): This paper presents an overview of
administrative culture and practices for EPI in Europe, and investigates
some of the main management styles used. It reviews institutional structures
and practices in the EU-25, the candidate and applicant countries, the
countries of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and the countries of
eastern Europe, Caucasus and central Asia (EECCA).
change and a European low-carbon energy system (EEA Report No 1/2005):
This report presents an assessment of possible greenhouse gas emission
reduction pathways made feasible by global action and a transition to
a low-carbon energy system in Europe by 2030. It analyses trends and
projections for emissions of greenhouse gases and the development of
underlying trends in the energy sector. It also describes the actions
that could bring about the transition to a low-carbon energy system
in the most cost-effective way.
report 2004: The EEA consolidated its contribution to the European
Community's sixth environment action programme in a number of areas
in 2004: climate change; nature and biodiversity; environment and health
and quality of life; and natural resources and waste. In addition, the
EEA developed further its information systems and networks. Other policy
areas have been supported through contributions to sustainable development
and sectoral integration; support to the European Parliament and meetings
of the Council of Ministers; and initiatives in the wider world. The
EEA has also provided support to member countries and to the European
Commission, both as clients and through partnerships.
European Community greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2003 and inventory
report 2005 (Technical report No 4/2005): This report is the annual
submission of the greenhouse gas inventory of the European Community
to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It presents
greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2003 by individual Member
State and by economic sector. The report shows that, between 2002 and
2003, emissions in the 15 old member states increased by 53 million
tonnes, or 1.3% and total EU emissions increased by 1.5%.
Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2004 (Technical report No
3/2005): In summer 2004, the levels of ground-level ozone were high
in southern Europe with widespread exceedances of the information threshold
value (180 µg/m3), as laid down in the ozone directive (2002/3/EC).
The exceedances of the information threshold were similar to earlier
years, except for summer 2003, when there was a record number of exceedances.
Also the directive's long-term objective to protect human health, 120
µg/m3 of ozone concentration over 8 hours, was extensively exceeded
in the EU and other European countries. The target value to protect
human health was also exceeded in southern and part of central Europe.
The highest levels were reported from Italy and Spain, with a maximum
ozone level of 417 µg/m3.
Soil Atlas of Europe:The European Commission has created the first
Soil Atlas of Europe, designed to describe and explain the threats to
our soil, and raise awareness of its diversity and its importance to
Environmental policy integration in Europe (Technical report No 2/2005):
Article 6 of the European Community Treaty states that 'environmental
protection requirements must be integrated into the definition and implementation
of the Community policies and activities (...) in particular with a
view to promoting sustainable development'.
take a look in the mirror
Monitoring for Environemtn and Security (GMES), new sub-site on
Commission: Environment: Preparation
of public consultation on the European Union's Sustainable Development
Contributions for the consultation must be sent by 31
October 2004 at the latest.
Impacts of Europe's changing climate
: The impacts of climate change on Europe's environment and society
are shown in this report. Past trends in the climate, its current state
and possible future changes are presented using 22 selected indicators.
For almost all of these a clear trend exists and impacts are already
being observed. The report highlights the need to develop strategies
at European, national, regional and local level for adapting to climate
of a recent conference on the role of universities in the "Europe
to successful communications .
This website is intended to assist project coordinators and team leaders
to generate an effective flow of information and publicity about the
objectives and results of their work, the contributions made to European
knowledge and scientific excellence, the value of collaboration on a
Europe-wide scale, and the benefits to EU citizens in general.
on Flood risk management
EEA report: EEA
: The 2004 edition of the EEA's annual survey of environmental trends
in its member countries covers aspects of agriculture, water pollution,
nature protection, packaging waste, energy, transport, air pollution
and climate change. It also provides an environmental perspective on
the economic and social situation in Europe, including trends in demography
and resource use, in the context of progress towards sustainability.
General policy: Commission
officially launches European network of mobility centres
EEA report: High
nature value farmland - Characteristics, trends and policy challenges
Farmland supports many habitats and species of European conservation
concern. In 2003, Europe's environment ministers agreed to identify
all farmland areas with high nature value and take conservation measures.
This report shows that these areas cover roughly 15-25 % of the European
countryside and suffer from land abandonment and intensification. Current
policy measures appear insufficient to prevent further biodiversity
EEA report: Air
pollution in Europe 1990-2000 (Topic report No 4) :
This report provides an overview and analysis of the air pollution situation
in Europe in the year 2000 and the preceding decade. It is based on
indicators for underlying driving forces, emissions, air quality, deposition
of pollutants and the effectiveness of policies and measures. The report
covers the 31 EEA member countries and Switzerland.
Commission presents a new study on mountain areas in Europe
World Water Day: EU
agrees to set up new Water Facility to boost access to clean water and
Earth observation: GMES
better access to better information
for Europeans - updated site
action plan to boost Environmental Technologies for innovation, growth
and sustainable development
site for Frequently Asked Questions on European Research
Cultural heritage: New
techniques to save Europe's historic buildings
points for urban environment policy in each country and a list of centres
of expertise for each country
compatible forest products
European Environment Agency: New
TACIS project website
European Environment Agency: Hazardous
substances in the European marine environment - Trends in metals and
persistent organic pollutants, Topic report No 2/2003
European Environment Agency: Air
pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2003, Topic update 2003/3
ESA satellite set to significantly improve weather forecasting
New Courier, n.3: Water for people water for life
air pollution: new EU research reveals higher risks than previously
acts to protect groundwater against pollution
and China are set to collaborate on GALILEO the European global system
of satellite navigation
Crime: 1) Protection of the environment through Criminal law and 2)
Organized crime in the sphere of the environment
Commission: Testing the quality of European Drinking Water
NET tackles urban air quality from space
Agency: Forest fires in Southern Europe
forest fire information system aims to reduce number of fires
WATER SCENARIOS: FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA TO CENTRAL ASIA
Brussels, 30th June - 1st July 2003
AND MOROCCO TO STEP UP SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL CO- OPERATION
An agreement to be signed in the next few weeks should see an expansion
in links between researchers from the EU and Morocco. Researchers from
the two sides have already worked together on some 170 projects, ranging
from water management issues to public health, IT, and the environment.
and 3 July 2003, PhD Lecturers' Assembly Meeting, h 14.30, Room R2
Agenda: presentation of the research activity of doctoral students enrolled
in the second and third year of the programme.
grant in Hydrodynamics
The one year research grant for the analysis of the hydrodynamic behaviour
of alpine lakes and its consequences on the quality of water has been
assigned to Paolo Grisenti. Tutor of this research will be Prof. Paolo
Bertola. The grant has started with the 1st February 2003.
Research grant in Respirometry
The one year research grant for the study of the role of repspirometry
applied to phosphorous presence in lake sediments has been assigned
to Veronica Tomazzolli. Tutor of this research will be Prof. Paolo Bertola.
The grant has started with the 1st February 2003.
Research grant in Mathematics
The two year research grant (2003-2004) in Mathematics (MAT/08) has
been assigned to Roberto Bernetti. Tutor of the research will be Prof.