Climate change deadlier than car accidents - Europe needs to take drastic action to reverse complex environmental issues that have shortened the life expectancy of its people by almost a year, the European Environmental Agency said Wednesday. "Air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to health: it shortens average life expectancy in western and central Europe by almost one year and affects the healthy development of children." The continent needs to act fast to deal with challenges including the poor quality of air and drinking water, adverse impacts of climate change and continuing biodiversity loss. "This requires a better understanding of the problems we face, their nature and distribution across societies and generations."
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...