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Environmental knowledge of the future

15 June 2016

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The European environmental data landscape has changed considerably over the last four decades. The complex nature of environmental degradation calls for more systemic analysis and relevant data to underpin it. In recent years, the European Environment Agency's work has increasingly included systemic analyses. The EEA will continue to identify emerging issues and help expand Europe's environmental knowledge.

The first pieces of environmental legislation in the European Union (EU) entered into force more than four decades ago. Since then, EU Member States have been regularly collecting and reporting comparable data on a wide range of environmental issues from hourly pollutant concentrations in cities to seasonal measurements of bathing water quality. They also keep track of their greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, pollutants released from industrial facilities, the size and location of protected areas, etc. These data streams are essential for monitoring progress and ensuring an effective implementation of environmental legislation.

Source: European Environment Agency

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