Urban systems are relatively resource efficient, but also create multiple exposure patterns — EEA

Origen: 5. Safeguarding people from environmental risks to health — EEA Nearly 73% of the European population lives in cities, and this is projected to reach 82% in 2050 (UN, 2011; 2012b). Urban development in Europe, particularly the increasing trend in Read More …

Europe continues to phase out ozone layer-damaging chemicals — EEA

Source: Europe continues to phase out ozone layer-damaging chemicals — EEA Europe continues to make progress in phasing out chemicals which damage the ozone layer according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report considers the use Read More …

An increasingly multipolar world (GMT 6) — EEA

Source: An increasingly multipolar world (GMT 6) — EEA Driven by structural change, fast-growing workforces and trade liberalisation, developing regions are rapidly increasing their share of global economic output, trade and investment. For Europe, this rebalancing presents competitive threats but also Read More …

Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies: Prevention through Design

Source: Position Paper 2 Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies: Prevention through Design – Safety and health at work – EU-OSHA The EU 2020 strategic goal of sustainable growth means building a resource efficient, sustainable and competitive economy. This includes developing new Read More …

Continued economic growth? (GMT 5) — EEA

Source: Continued economic growth? (GMT 5) — EEA Economic output is projected to treble between 2010 and 2050, although growth is expected to decelerate in many countries as they become more prosperous. Rapid economic growth has brought reductions in global poverty Read More …

Do you like the life in the countryside? Good news for you

A recent article published by the European Environment Agency [1], based on studies about the current status, trends and prospects of the environment, unveils some amazing figures, at least for me. “Between now and 2050, using the UN’s median variant, the Read More …

Accelerating technological change (GMT 4) — European Environment Agency

Source: Accelerating technological change (GMT 4) — European Environment Agency The pace of technological change, particularly in the fields of information, communication, nano- and bio-technologies, is unprecedented. This provides opportunities to reduce humanity’s impact on the environment and reliance on non-renewable natural Read More …

How to achieve good forest governance, and why this matters – European Commission

Case studies carried out in Europe and Latin America as part of the EU-funded POLICYMIX project have shed new light on how the right mix of forest governance policies can help to conserve biodiversity and boost local economies. Forest management Read More …

Towards a more urban world

Urban areas in developing countries will absorb most of the global population increase, with 67 % of people living in cities by 2050. Most of the growth is expected to be in megacities, particularly slums. Compact cities are the most Read More …

August 13, Earth Overshoot Day 2015

Yesterday, August 13, was the day in which the yearly humanity´s demand of natural resources, as of January 1, exceeds what the Earth can regenerate within the whole year (biocapacity). I.e., yesterday was the 2015´s Earth Overshoot Day. The Earth Overshoot Day -an initiative by Global Footprint Network– Read More …