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.
Europe is now an essentially urban society, with four out of five Europeans living in towns and cities. Most of the environmental challenges facing our society originate from urban areas, but it is also these urban areas that bring together the commitment and innovation needed to resolve them.
Starting in 2010, one European city will be selected each year as the European Green Capital of the year. The award is given to a city that:
This video gives an introduction to Bristol (UK). Nominated as a finalist for 2010 and 2011, the city has benefitted extensively from the attention that it has gained as a result of this success. It has now been labelled the 'UK's Greenest City', and as a result its people are proud, its hotels are fuller than before and innovative industries are flocking to the area.
Cities are at the heart of Europe's society and economy. As the European Green Capital Award takes off, the continent’s cleanest and most environmentally committed cities now have the chance to shine and gain the recognition that their efforts deserve.
To find out more about this award, please visit the 'Weblinks' below.
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