Without increased investment in coastal adaptation, the expected annual damage caused by coastal floods in Europe could increase from €1.25 billion today to between €93 billion and €961 billion by the end of the century.
Europeans can safely enjoy a swim this summer as 96% of bathing sites meet minimum quality requirements set out under EU rules.
A new Commission report shows that Member States have made considerable efforts to address pressures on the marine environment. Despite this, the measures are not yet sufficient to achieve good, healthy and productive seas by 2020. The report published today on the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive assesses the measures put in place by Member States to achieve ‘good environmental status’ by 2020.
“There is a consensus that plastic pollution must be curtailed and where possible eliminated altogether. For the mostly invisible microplastic component of this pollution, such a view is reinforced by multiple potential negative impacts on biota and ecosystems for which empirical evidence is slowly emerging.”
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