EU state of nature: data gaps fail to hide alarming rate of habitat destruction

Europe’s ecosystems are locked in a seemingly inexorable decline and more than four-fifths are in poor shape, a fresh report from European Environment Agency (EEA) shows, while gaps in data provided by governments mean the full picture could be even worse.

by Robert Hodgson
The aftermath of a fire in Cualedro, Spain, in September: Europe's habitats are facing unprecedented destruction, in part due to climate change, the EEA has warned. Photo: Brais Seara Fernandez/Getty
The aftermath of a fire in Cualedro, Spain, in September: Europe's habitats are facing unprecedented destruction, in part due to climate change, the EEA has warned. Photo: Brais Seara Fernandez/Getty

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