EEA Signals 2018 - Water is Life

04 September 2018

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On 30 August 2018, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published its annual Signals report, which looks at key issues related to environment and climate.

The Signals 2018 report gathers latest assessments and data to explore the current and future state of Europe’s waters. It argues that, to ensure clean and healthy lakes, rivers and seas, we need to fundamentally change the way we use and treat water. To support this change, the European Union has put in place a number of policies to improve water quality and reduce pressures on Europe’s water bodies.

Signals 2018 looks at water as a part of Europe’s economy as well as a home and a vital resource for animals and plants. The report also takes a closer look at water in cities, the plastic waste problem, and the impacts of climate change. Two interviews show ways of dealing with the risks of too much water, in the Netherlands, and too little water, in Malta. The final article presents different polices and models to govern water bodies and their resources across geopolitical borders.

Source: EEA, 30 August 2018