• The European Environment Agency has warned that poor air and water quality and environmental changes due to global warming have cut European life expectancy by nearly one year (WSJE, October 11, 2007, p. 8)
  • According to a study led by the UK-based Met Office Hadley Centre published on October 10, 2007, humidity is increasing around the world as the atmosphere is growing wetter because of global warming (FT, October 11, 2007, p. 5)
  • On October 9, 2007, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted its draft second-reading recommendation on the air quality directive, thereby confirming its desire to improve air quality standards (Europolitics, October 11, 2007, p. 7)
  • On October 9, 2007, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee approved a report on the draft directive on soil protection. Among the key points adopted by MEPs is the proposal to establish national inventories of contaminated sites in the EU which would be made public (Europolitics, October 11, 2007, p. 7)