"Europe’s shift from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable sources
has reduced environmental problems while also cutting the greenhouse gas
emissions causing climate change, the European Environment Agency (EEA)
said on Monday.
Renewable power generation in the European Union has nearly doubled
since 2005, producing 34% of EU electricity in 2019 compared with the
38% produced by fossil fuels like coal and gas.
The EU’s switch from fossil fuel-based power production to sources like
wind and solar since 2005 has “significantly decreased” emissions, while
also yielding “clear improvements” in key environmental problems, the
EEA - an EU agency - said in a study.
These include soil acidification, eutrophication - where freshwater
becomes overloaded with nutrients, causing algal blooms and low oxygen
levels - and the formation of particulate matter, a type of air
pollution linked to 379,000 deaths in Europe in 2018."
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