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#FridayFact: On average, every West European uses 20 tonnes of resources each year – twice the global average. Let's reduce this!

Reducing our material resource consumption will put less pressure on land, water and energy – moving us towards a healthier planet.

Although Western Europe currently uses a great amount of resources – an average of 20 tonnes per person per year – recent research captured in the new GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region suggests that carbon pricing, together with improved resource efficiency and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce consumption without affecting economic growth and employment.

In fact, these combined solutions will result in a strong workforce, economy and environment – three important elements needed for the sustainability of the region and for the welfare of future generations.

If this interests you, find out more on p.165 in GEO-6 for the Pan-European Region.

Boost your knowledge on topical environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives!

Every week, UN Environment in Europe brings you a #Friday Fact from the sixth Global Environmental Outlook report for the pan-European region.

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On Euronews: Watch UN Environment’s field mission in Serbia – as if you were setting foot in this abandoned factory site

Thanks to the 360° video made by Euronews to film the first UN Environment field mission on soil contaminated by industry in Serbia, you will have the impression you were part of the expert team on the ground!

Drag your mouse to turn the camera on this video and visit the abandoned chemicals plant and watch our experts take samples of potentially contaminated water and soil.

This is the very first story Euronews and UN Environment are telling the world as part of their new partnership. The most-viewed European TV channel has taken on the challenge of informing people on health-related risks linked to soil polluted by heavy chemicals.

As you will see in the video, experts from Italy joined counterparts from Serbia to set up a soil sampling programme at two sites near the towns of Sabac and Loznica. The threat posed by potential chemical contamination at these two sites is multiplied by their proximity to urban areas and major rivers – Drina and Sava – as well as frequent accidents at the abandoned industrial sites.

The factories near Sabac and Loznica are just two of the 359 potentially contaminated sites being investigated across Serbia. The methodology seen in this video will be applied to other industrial areas across the country.

In one week time, results from the lab will reveal the extent of pollution at the site so that remediation efforts can begin.

In order to view the 360° report, which is being made available in multiple languages, click here. Get behind-the-scenes access to this UN Environment project site and see for yourself how a legacy of pollution is being tackled for a greener future!

For more information contact isabelle.valentiny@unep.org


#FridayFact: Green spaces are natural antidepressants! #GEO6

Green spaces are a natural cure for stress – altering the chemical balance in your brain, making you calm and at ease. A UK study found that the stress hormone cortisol was higher for people living near less green space.

With 80 per cent of the European population living in cities by 2030, we suggest that urban areas increase the amount of such spaces available - green roofs and “living walls”. This will improve people’s well-being and move towards a future of more tranquil cities.  

If this interests you, find out more on p.133 and p.284 in GEO-6 for the Pan-European Region.

Boost your knowledge on topical environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives!

Every week, UN Environment in Europe brings you a #Friday Fact from the sixth Global Environmental Outlook report for the pan-European region.

Follow us on twitter and discover every Friday our weekly fact - @UNEPinEurope



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