The largest annual conference on European environment policy, ‘Green Week’ (4-7 June), is approaching; it will offer opportunities for debate and exchanges of experience on the topic of air quality/pollution with representatives from the European Commission, NGOS, universities and scientific bodies. “Air quality - taking care of the air we breathe” is available to help journalists cover this topic. It highlights two of the sectors that play a key part in contamination – transport and agriculture – and illustrate the risks, as well as some solutions to reduce polluting emissions.
Climate change affects all countries but not with the same intensity. Poorer areas of the world are among the most vulnerable. In most countries of the developing world, climate change threatens to destroy development efforts and make living conditions impossible.
Together with local authorities, NGOs and other international institutions, the EU provides assistance and funding for territorial adaptations and disaster preparedness. On the Asia peninsula, the Mekong River and Delta provides the breadbasket of the region but is also one of the most vulnerable regions in terms of climate change. Floods, drought and deforestation are some of the problems facing this region. 70 million inhabitants, who depend directly on the river, are facing risks of displacement, food insecurity, increased poverty and even international tensions.