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Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe and contribute to 13 % of deaths. An integrated approach to environment and health policies is needed to tackle environmental risks, protect the most vulnerable and fully realise the benefits that nature offers in support of health and well-being, according to the EEA.
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Get involved in EU Missions
Citizens get the opportunity to react to ideas that came out from the citizen engagement deliberative events on the respective Missions that have taken (and still are taking) place over the summer. Therefore, a call runs from 1st September to 14th September 2020. Ideas can be written in English, German and French. The results of the project will be announced on 22 September during the European Research and Innovation Days 2020.
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Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium
According to this report of the National Climate Commission, climate change in Belgium will mainly be felt through heat waves, floods and droughts. Warmer and more humid summers, and milder and humid winters are becoming normal. These impacts will affect a large number of sectors, resulting in major costs but also benefits, with costs dominating strongly. Well-considered and fair adaptation measures are required.
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New project on the spreading of disease in conjunction with climate change
Researchers are currently studying the consequences of climate change for the spreading of different types of diseases in Europe. The main areas of focus are the spreading of disease by the tiger mosquito, borrelia carried by ticks, and the seasonal patterns of COVID-19.
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European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published
The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.
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Warming Europe invites dangerous mosquitos
As Europe warms up, it will become a more suitable home for one of the world’s most potent virus spreaders – the Asian tiger mosquito. This creature thrives at summer temperatures of 20–25°C, and survives the winter if January temperatures stay above 3°C. So as the world heats up, we will see them travelling north and south to find more comfortable conditions.
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On the road to increased environment and climate capacity in the Turkish health sector
Members of the Turkish Health Collaboration on Climate Change and Environment Project have established the working group Climate Change & Health. With a webinar on heatwaves and health, one of the key climate themes to Turkish health participants was presented. Further webinars and materials will be launched in the next months, including an interdisciplinary briefing.
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New film about adaptation in Sweden
The film "Adapt to a future climate – examples from municipalities” offers an introduction to how society can be adapted to a changing climate and why it is important. Representatives from several Swedish municipalities present how they have dealt with some of their challenges. The film has been produced by Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation.
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Resolute environmental protection will save society many billions of euros
The German Environment Agency provides new cost rates for environmental damage, showing that systematic protection of the environment and climate saves us and future generations many billions of euros through reduced damage to the environment and health.
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Climate change in Germany: monitoring report shows far-reaching consequences
The second indicator-based monitoring report of the German Federal Government on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change informs the public and decision-makers in all areas of social life about the observed consequences of climate change and about the progress on adaptation in all relevant sectors.
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