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#FridayFact: Peregrine Falcon numbers have bounced back – let’s help other species do the same!

Peregrine Falcons, or Falco peregrinus, are known as ‘the fastest birds on Earth,’ with record stoop speeds of 322 km/h. Their hooked claws and swiftness make them fierce hunters, able to catch prey six times their body weight[i].

In the 1960s and 70s, pesticide contamination led to eggshell breakages and adult and embryo deaths, resulting in a severe decline in the number of Peregrine Falcons.

Yet changes in agriculture policies, policies to reintroduce the falcons and improved protection have helped the falcon soar again. Their European population is now estimated at 14,900-28,800 pairs, which equates to 29,700- 57,600 mature individuals[ii].

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) also represents a conservation success story as in 2014, Europe’s once rarest mammal species was moved by IUCN from “critically endangered” to “endangered”, as the population showed signs of recovery.

Let’s hope that these examples can spur others in our region.

Countries between 2nd and 17th December are meeting at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 13th Conference of the Parties in Cancún, Mexico to fight biodiversity decline, which is continuing in the pan-European region and worldwide.

Over three quarters of people in an EU-28 survey very much agree that it is important to halt species loss, seeing it as a moral obligation.

If this interests you, find out more on p.78, 86, 226 and in chapter 2.4 of the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region.

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[ii] Birdlife International, 2015


#FridayFact: Copenhagen, the first CO2 neutral city by 2025? #GEO6

While our vibrant cities are centres of innovation and of course wealth creation, they also have high levels of pollution – leading to environment and health problems. All of us – including citizens, researchers, urban planners, mayors and teachers – must therefore work together to build healthier cities. 

European cities need more green spaces that boost physical activity, reduce stress and freshen the air! Imagine how beautiful our cities could be with better air, less noise, more parks, roof gardens, cleaner transport systems and so on…

Copenhagen is showing the way and aims to be a CO2 neutral city by 2025. Urban planning and strategic policies are at the core of this revolution. Across the city, visitors are greeted by streams of cyclists. In Copenhagen 50% of all citizens commute by bike every day and there are more bikes than inhabitants[i]. Already in 2010, yearly health benefits of cycling in Copenhagen amounted to DKK 1.7 billion or €228 000 000[ii].

An estimated 435,000 cycling-related jobs could be created if 56 major cities across the pan European region were to replicate Copenhagen’s share of cycling as a mode of transport, reveal preliminary findings from a ‘Cycling and green jobs’ study led by UN Environment[iii].

Less visible in Copenhagen are state-of-the-art facilities where waste heat from power plants is used to keep buildings warm via the world's largest district heating network[iv]

These innovations are just a taster of what is planned for the coming years, in a bid to make Copenhagen the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. 

If this interests you, find out more on p.42, 43 and 206 in the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region. 

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[i] http://denmark.dk/en

[ii] Copenhagen Bicycle Account 2012" (in Danish), City of Copenhagen,  May 2013. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015, http://bit.ly/2gtdIJN

[iii] Cycling can put Green Economy transition in motion – UN Environment Europe June 2016 newsletter, http://bit.ly/297DVsS

[iv] C40 Cities, Copenhagen CPH Plan 2025 http://bit.ly/2fspSjZ


#FridayFact: Do food waste and road transport have an equal impact on climate change?

Of all of the food produced in the world one third is thrown away, amounting to 1.3 billion tonnes a year and accounting for 28 percent of global agricultural land.

To put this into perspective, it is estimated that in Europe alone food waste could feed up to 200 million people, report FAO[i].

This is not only wasting land, energy and water resources. The energy used to produce, harvest, transport and package wasted food contributes to approximately 8 percent of annual anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions – meaning that wasted food almost has as big a role to play in emissions as road transport[ii]!

Right now, about 20,000 delegates from 179 countries are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 meeting, with the renewed momentum created by the entering into force of the Paris Agreement, encouraging countries to change their ways and curb emissions.  

If this interests you, find out more on p.40 in the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region.

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