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Last week, at the Paris Clean Air Forum, attended by Bruno Weinzaepfel from AFITE, the European Commission and the European Environment Agency launched their new Air Quality Index and an Air Quality Atlas.The Air Quality Index has a user-friendly interactive map that shows the local air quality situation, based on five key pollutants that harm people's health and the environment: particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ground-level ozone(O3),nitrogen dioxide(N

Green infrastructure (GI) can provide essential benefits to flood management and co-benefits to society and the economy. In a new report published by the European Environment Agency this month, evidence shows that investment in green solutions, such as landscape conservation and restoring for upstream floodplains or wetlands, is more cost-efficient and provides improved infrastructure solutions.

The European Environment Agency has voiced concern over the limited actions that Member States are taking to reduce pollution in the EU. Many countries are not complying with set EU limits for ammonia levels, including Germany, Spain and Sweden. Additionally, there are 14 Member States that will not meet the 2030 reduction targets for fine particulate matter. The EEA is concerned that Member States will continue to fail to meet EU targets, which would have counterproductive results on the entire effort.

Land degradation and taking land for urban development threaten critical ecosystem services, including provision of food and water, climate regulation and recreation. A new report, by the European Environment Agency (EEA), shows how land recycling, such as reusing neglected sites and turning roads or parking lots to green spaces or residential areas, can have positive impacts on the environment and support Europe’s transition towards a circular and green economy.

Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. The report analyses three pieces of EU water legislation targeted at particular sectors:

·         the Bathing Water Directive (BWD; EEC, 1976; EC, 2006a),

In a technical report on the status of black carbon monitoring in ambient air in Europe, the EEA has argued the European Union's Air Quality Directive is not being fully implemented. The Directive requires Member States to sample, analyse and report fine particulate matter concentrations. For stations in rural areas, the Member States also have to report how much BC‐related components the measured PM2.5 contains. The report notes that this reporting has yet to be fully implemented.

 A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) gives an overview and analysis of air quality in Europe from 2002 to 2011. It reviews progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives and gives an overview of policies and measures introduced at the European level to improve air quality and minimise impacts. It also details the latest findings and estimates of the effects of air pollution on health and its impacts on ecosystems.