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EUCDoYouKnow - May 2020


27 May 2020​​​​​​

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Do you know 1,677 European animal species are threatened with extinction?

According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the most endangered are snails, clams and fish. The arctic fox, the European mink, Mediterranean monk seal, the North Atlantic right whale and the polar bear are currently among the most endangered mammals in Europe.

Biodiversity is key for healthy ecosystems and human life. In order to preserve the endangered species, the EU is seeking to improve and preserve biodiversity.

Read more: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20200519STO79424/endangered-species-in-europe-facts-and-figures-infographic




20 May 2020​​​​​​
 
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Do you know Vienna is crowned the world’s greenest city?

Vienna, with over 50 percent green areas, its clean air, walkability and excellent access to public transport has been crowned by Canadian-American consulting company, Resonance, as the world’s greenest city. Singapore was ranked eighth by Resonance​.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/12/vienna-crowned-world-s-greenest-city-for-its-parks-and-public-transit




13 May 2020​​​​​

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Do you know road transport is responsible for about 22% of greenhouse gas emission in the EU?

Tyres account for between 20% and 30% of a road vehicle’s fuel consumption, and more fuel-efficient tyres can help reduce transport emissions.

The EU is proposing new tyre labels to help consumers choose more fuel-efficient tyres with better wet grip and lower noise pollution – which can lead to great savings for the consumers, as well as lower emissions.

Read more: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/society/20200423STO77731/tyre-pollution-lowering-car-emissions-with-new-eu-tyre-labels




9 May 2020​​​​​
 
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Do you know 9 May 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration?

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman declaration.

The Schuman Declaration was presented by then French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. It proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), which is the predecessor to the European Union (EU) that we see today.

Want to know more, watch this video: https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/clip-exhibition-for-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-schuman-declaration-version-with-english-subtitles_EP102159_EN_ST-V_v



6 May 2020​​​​​
 
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Do you know the Fehmarnbelt link which would connect Denmark and Germany will be the longest underwater tunnel of its kind in the world?

The construction of this 18km underwater tunnel, known as Fehmarnbelt link, has been approved by the Danish parliament. It will reduce the travel time between the two countries to just a few minutes. Work on the Danish side is expected to start on 1 January 2021 and on the German side, by mid-2022.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/04/27/denmark-approves-start-of-work-for-7-billion-underwater-tunnel-to-germany

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