EU ‘falling short’ on 2020 green goals

The EU is failing to meet its objectives to protect biodiversity and natural capital, while efforts to tackle air and water quality are stalling, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned.

The EU is failing to meet its objectives to protect biodiversity and natural capital, while efforts to tackle air and water quality are stalling, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned.

In its annual environmental indicator report, the EEA paints a grim picture of efforts to protect nature, with bird populations and fish stocks continuing to decline. It notes there are “no policies in sight” to reduce the amount of land lost to human action such as construction and roads, a key driver of biodiversity loss.

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