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March 2006
Environment: Air 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.

Agriculture: Assessing 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.

Research: Priority 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 countries.

January 2006
Research: Market-based 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.

September 2005
Research: European 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. external link

July 2005
Research: Environmental 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). external link

June 2005
Research: Climate 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. external link

Research: Annual 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.

Research: Annual 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%.external link

Research: 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.external link


May 2005
Research: First 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 our lives. external link

Research: 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'.external link

April 2005
Research: Researchers take a look in the mirror external link

October 2004
Research: Global Monitoring for Environemtn and Security (GMES), new sub-site on space policy external link

August 2004
Commission: Environment: Preparation of public consultation on the European Union's Sustainable Development Strategy external link. Contributions for the consultation must be sent by 31 October 2004 at the latest.
EEA report: Impacts of Europe's changing climate external link : 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 change.
Commission: Results of a recent conference on the role of universities in the "Europe of knowledge" external link
Commission: Guide to successful communications external link. 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.

July 2004
Environment: Communication on Flood risk management external link

June 2004
EEA report: EEA Signals 2004 external link : 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 external link

May 2004
EEA report: High nature value farmland - Characteristics, trends and policy challenges external link: 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 decline.

April 2004
EEA report: Air pollution in Europe 1990-2000 (Topic report No 4) external link: 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.

March 2004
Commission: The Commission presents a new study on mountain areas in Europe external link
World Water Day: EU agrees to set up new Water Facility to boost access to clean water and sanitation external link

February 2004
Earth observation: GMES better access to better information external link

January 2004
Environment: Environment for Europeans - updated site external link
Environment: EU action plan to boost Environmental Technologies for innovation, growth and sustainable development
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Research: New site for Frequently Asked Questions on European Research external link

October 2003
Cultural heritage: New techniques to save Europe's historic buildings external link
Environment: Contacts points for urban environment policy in each country and a list of centres of expertise for each countryexternal link
Environment: Environmentally compatible forest products external link
European Environment Agency: New TACIS project website external link
European Environment Agency: Hazardous substances in the European marine environment - Trends in metals and persistent organic pollutants, Topic report No 2/2003 external link
European Environment Agency: Air pollution by ozone in Europe in summer 2003, Topic update 2003/3
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Space: New ESA satellite set to significantly improve weather forecasting
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Unesco: The New Courier, n.3: Water for people water for life
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September 2003
Indoor air pollution: new EU research reveals higher risks than previously thought external link
Commission acts to protect groundwater against pollution external link
EU and China are set to collaborate on GALILEO the European global system of satellite navigation external link

August 2003
Environmental Crime: 1) Protection of the environment through Criminal law and 2) Organized crime in the sphere of the environment external link
European Commission: Testing the quality of European Drinking Water external link
ICAROS NET tackles urban air quality from space external link
European Environment Agency: Forest fires in Southern Europe external link
European forest fire information system aims to reduce number of fires external link

Brussels, 30th June - 1st July 2003
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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.

1 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.

Research 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. Eleuterio Toro.