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1 REGIONAL SLIDES

2 EUROPE The Black Triangle, Czech Republic Copşa Micâ, Romania Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Ukraine London, England Moskva, Russia Paris, France Atatürk Dam, Turkey Gabcikova, Slovakia Arkhangelsk, Russia Lappi, Finland Sakhalin, Russia Almeria, Spain Novovolynśk, Ukraine Ijsselmeer, Netherlands

3 EUROPE Air pollution is particularly acute in Europe's large cities. Of the 10 countries with the highest sulphur dioxide ratings 7 are in Western and Central Europe Sources: Global Change Game; EEA 2005 Europe is one of the most urbanized continents; some 75% of Europe's population live on just 10% of its land area Farmland, including arable land and permanent grassland, is one of the dominant land uses in Europe, covering more than 45% (180 million hectares) Roughly 30% of the Europe’s land area is still covered by forest, recent estimates show a slight overall increase in the extent of European forests, by about 0.5% per year

4 EUROPE Source: EEA, Current water availability and changes expected by 2030

5 1975: The gray areas are surface mines located primarily in the Czech Republic 2000: The image reveals somewhat improved vegetation cover Coal mining in Black Triangle Czech Republic

6 The area is classified as “environmental disaster area” In 1989, the area was exposed as one of the most polluted places Copşa Micâ – Environmental disaster area Romania

7 Devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine The Chernobyl nuclear accident killed more than 31 people immediately More than people from 213 villages and cities were relocated outside the contamination zone Much of the farmland surrounding the plant was heavily contaminated with radio active nuclides and subsequently abandoned

8 Growing London city, United Kingdom Over 7 million residents Population projected to approach 8 million by 2021

9 Expanding population in largest European city – Moskva, Russia : Images show urban expansion during the last 25 years of the 20 th century

10 Seine River dissecting the city of Paris France : Images show expansion of city into the surrounding rural areas

11 Atatürk Dam changes the landscape of surrounding areas, Turkey Transformation of the region around the dam is strikingly apparent in these images Right-hand corner of the 1999 image shows irrigated fields surrounding the town of Harran

12 Transformation from natural waterway to controlled water supply – Gabcikova, Slovakia : Images show changes brought about by massive re- channeling of river water

13 Disturbances in Arkhangelsk forest cover In some places, large sections of the forest have been clear-felled Other places show a block pattern, where section of relatively undisturbed forest are left between clear-felled sections

14 One of the world’s most intensive forests – Lappi, Finland Images show a result of this logging in the northeastern areas of the country The patches of tan in the 2002 image signify clearcut areas

15 Impact of forest fires in Sakhalin Russia Area burned due to forest fire in Boreal region

16 1987: The landscape reflects rather typical rural agricultural land use 2000: The areas has been converted to intensive greenhouse agriculture 2004: Greenhouse- dominated land appears as whitish gray patches Conversion to intensive greenhouse agriculture – Almeria, Spain

17 Notably different agricultural method along Novovolynśk, Ukraine : Apparent change in the approach to land use in Ukraine, following the patterns in Poland

18 These images show the transformation of polders (areas of reclaimed land) into useable farming land : lighter blue water is the Markermeer – buffer against floodwaters 2004: this area of reclaimed land was covered with farms Farming along Ijsselmeer coast The Netherlands

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