European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity
A Topic Centre of The European Environment Agency
Monday, 29 November 2010
30/11/2010 State and Outlook of the Environment report launched by EEA
The European Environment Agency (EEA) released it 4th State and Outlook of the Environment report, SOER 2010 on the 30th of November. The report is a comprehensive assessment of how and why the environment of Europe is changing and what we are doing about it.
Some of the key findings and recommendations are...
- Climate change: The European Union has made progress in cutting emissions and expanding renewable energy. However reductions, both globally and in Europe, in emissions of greenhouse gases global are far from sufficient to keep average world temperature increases below 2 degrees celcius.
- Natura and Biodiversity: Europe has established an extensive network of protected areas to help protect endangered species and habitat types. However widespread alteration of the landscape coupled with degradation of ecosystems have prevented the EU from meeting its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010.
- Resource efficiency: Food, energy and water security are key drivers of land use as often conflicting demands increase (e.g. for food, feed and fuel). Accounting and pricing that takes full account of resource use impacts are essential for steering business and consumers towards enhanced resource efficiency.
- Citizen involvement: Policy alone cannot halt or reverse environmental trends. We need to increase the number of citizens committed to reducing their impact on the environment by involving them in collecting data and through social media.