environmental issues high on the international agenda, there are many questions that remain to be answered: what are the precise causes of climate change and how can we best tackle it? Is it possible to predict natural disasters? How do environmental factors like pollution affect human health? How can we better understand and limit our impact on biodiversity and the marine environment? How can we make land use more sustainable? The list goes on... The EU is working to give citizens answers to these questions by supporting research activities that provide real and practical solutions. This website therefore explains how the European Commission’s environmental research programme is tackling this vast research challenge.