Thanks to tougher environmental standards, Europe’s 22,000 beaches are getting cleaner.

In a report released on Tuesday, the European Environment Agency said almost 95 percent of those swimming spots measured adequate water quality.

The number of European bathing areas with “excellent” water quality rose by 3.6 percentage points last year from 2012 levels to 82.6 percent.

(READ the AFP story in the Sydney Morning Herald)

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