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.
In July 2009 the Commission published a report on the conservation status of over 1000 species and 200 habitat types that are protected by EU law. Only a small proportion of these vulnerable habitats and species have achieved good conservation status, and member states will need to strengthen their efforts if this situation is to improve. Examples of original and efficient initiatives in the framework of LIFE projects do already exist and show that it is possible to reverse the trend.