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Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – EC Fact Sheet

1. Why do we need a strategic approach on pharmaceuticals in the environment? Pharmaceuticals are used in human or veterinary medicine, either as treatments or diagnostic agents. Until recently, little was known about their presence in the environment. However, there is growing evidence that the levels of some pharmaceuticals found in the soil and water pose a risk to wildlife, partly because ...
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Mercury pollution remains a problem in Europe and globally

Historical and current emissions of mercury continue to present a significant risk to the environment and human health, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. The main source of new mercury emissions in Europe is coal burning but about half of the mercury deposited in Europe’s environment originates from outside Europe. The EEA report ‘Mercury in Europe’s environment – A prior...
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