European Environment Agency publish new reports

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The European Environment Agency has published  it’s Five Yearly Assessment (SOER 2015), which is an integrated assessment of Europe’s environment. I’m proud of the fact that three of my works – a windfarm in Kerry, Ireland; a night-time rotor lift in Leitrim, Ireland; and a Solar Farm on the East Cape of South Africa – have been used throughout this important report.

From the EEA Website:

“Europe’s environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits, improving the environment and quality of life, while driving innovation, job creation and growth. Despite these gains, Europe still faces a range of persistent and growing environmental challenges. Addressing them will require fundamental changes in the systems of production and consumption that are the root cause of environmental problems.

These are some of the key messages from the European Environment Agency’s five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015‘ (SOER 2015). It also includes assessments and data at global, regional and country levels, as well as cross-country comparisons.

Today, Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, less waste is sent to landfill and more resources are recycled. However, Europe remains a long way from achieving the objective of ‘living well within the limits of the planet’ by 2050, as set out in the 7th Environment Action Programme. Although we use natural resources more efficiently than previously, we are still degrading the resource base that we rely on in Europe and across the world. Problems such as biodiversity loss and climate change remain major threats.”

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