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Ireland’s Industrial Pollution Figures 2017, EEA Report

The European Environment Agency has published how Ireland is faring when it comes to industrial pollution., summarising key data related to industry: its relevance with respect to economic contributions, energy and water consumption, as well as air and water emissions and waste generation.  In 2017, industry in Ireland was responsible for: 23.01 % of energy consumed...
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PFAS pollution widespread in Europe

The EEA briefing ‘Emerging chemical risks in Europe — PFAS’ presents an overview of the known and potential risks to human health and the environment in Europe posed by per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). These extremely persistent and man-made chemicals are used in a variety of consumer products and industrial applications because of their unique properties, for example, to increase...
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UK ‘failing to protect wildlife habitats’, EU report

The UK is failing to meet its international obligations to protect its most important wildlife sites and vulnerable species, and now lags behind most other EU countries on key criteria, according to figures posted online by the European Environment Agency.  With the environment high on the agenda at the G7 summit in Biarritz this weekend, the data will be an embarrassment to ministers who have rep...
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Mixed progress in emission reduction of air pollutants – EEA

European Union (EU) Member States have made only mixed progress in reducing emissions of the most harmful air pollutants, according to updated data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The data is from the annual EU emission inventory report sent to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP). The EEA report  confirms, as highlighted in the recent EEA br...
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How to measure the condition of Europe’s ecosystems – EEA Report

Healthy forests, soils, seas and other ecosystems form Europe’s ‘natural capital’, which is vital for our well-being and the economy. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new analysis, published last week, looks at how to measure the condition of Europe’s natural capital and provides a first overview of the state and trends of Europe’s ecosystems. The report also highlights the need for b...
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Proposed Analytical Assessment Framework for European Land Systems – EEA

Land and soil provide vital resources to society such as food, feed, fuel, fibres and shelter. They also provide ecosystem services that support production functions, regulate the risk of natural hazards, and provide cultural and spiritual benefits. By using land, society alters and modifies the quantity and quality of these services, and the intrinsic potential for land benefits to mankind. To be...
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Europe’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters remain under pressure – EEA report

Pollution, over-abstraction and physical alterations — such as dams and straightening — continue to harm freshwater bodies across Europe. These pressures often have a combined effect on water ecosystems, contributing to biodiversity loss and threatening the benefits that people receive from water. According to the EEA’s recent report, European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018, o...
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Ireland exceeded ceilings for NOx and NH3 air pollutants in 2016 – EEA Report

Emissions from agriculture and transport continue to pose problems for European Union Member States in meeting EU and United Nations air pollution limits, according to updated data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) yesterday. While emissions of most air pollutants remain on a downward trend, ammonia emissions continued to rise in 2016. The EEA briefing, ‘National Emission...
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Report shows EU’s lakes, rivers, & waters fail to meet minimum environmental water quality standards

EU Member States have made marked efforts to improve water quality, by improving wastewater treatment and lowering the runoff of pollutants from farmland, according to the EEA report European waters — assessment of status and pressures 2018. Measures have also been taken to make barriers passable to migrating fish and restore degraded aquatic ecosystems. While Europe’s ground water bodies, like...
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