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Environment at a Glance - OECD Indicators

Environment at a Glance

Environment at a Glance is the OECD platform for environmental indicators. It gives access to the most recent data through interactive graphics and provides key messages on major environmental issues. The indicators shown provide a tool to track environmental performance and progress towards sustainable development.

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Indicators by theme

Climate

Climate change

Climate change affects ecosystems, water resources and human activity, with significant consequences for human well-being and economic output. The indicators here show greenhouse gas and carbon emissions, developments in energy supply and fossil fuel subsidies.

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Air

Air quality

Changes in air quality affect human health and cause severe environmental damage, with economic and social consequences. The indicators here show emissions of selected air pollutants (SOx, NOx, PM 2.5), human exposure to fine particulates in the air and related mortality rates and costs.

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Water

Freshwater resources

Freshwater resources are of major environmental, economic and social importance. Ensuring their sustainable management is key to avoid overexploitation and degradation. The indicators here show freshwater abstractions and water stress levels, and connection rates to wastewater treatment plants.

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Circular economy

Waste and materials

Material resources form the physical foundation of the economy. Their extraction and use has environmental, economic and social consequences in countries and beyond national borders. Sustainable materials management is key to avoid that valuable materials end up as waste. The indicators here show material consumption and related footprints, as well as waste generation and treatment of municipal waste.

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Biodiversity

Biological resources and biodiversity

Biological diversity plays an essential role in maintaining life-support systems and quality of life, and provides key resources and services for the economy. Its preservation is key to a sustainable development. The indicators here show threatened species, protected areas, forest resources and land cover.

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Ocean

Ocean resources (forthcoming in 2020)

The ocean is vital for human activities and well-being. Managing ocean resources well and sustainably is crucial for preserving marine ecosystems, reducing marine pollution and plastic litter, and maintaining its economic value.

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Circular economy trends

Myriam Linster of the OECD Environment Directorate presents recent trends on the circular economy in OECD countries.

Climate change trends

Sarah Miet of the OECD Environment Directorate presents recent trends on climate change in OECD countries.

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