BRUSSELS – The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
The European Environment Agency said in its five-yearly report released Tuesday that the EU's level of ambition "may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals." It said planned greenhouse gas emission cuts are "insufficient to bring the EU onto a pathway towards its 2050 target" of reductions by up to 95 percent.
It said that the health impact of climate change on the EU's 500 million citizens is "expected to worsen."
On the positive side, the report acknowledged that EU policies already have left many of parts of Europe "in as good a state today as it has been since the start of industrialization."