The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the ‘State of the Environment’ for 2020 (SOER 2020), which warns that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency.
SOER 2020 is the most comprehensive environmental assessment ever undertaken on Europe. The report found that, while European environment and climate policies have helped to improve the environment over recent decades, Europe is not making enough progress to meet its 2030 goals.
The report calls for urgent action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources.
Authors do say there is reason for hope; amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and stepped up EU action like the European Green Deal.