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New Health and Climate Change Country Profiles

Over 80 countries have participated in the Health and Climate Change Country Profile initiative since it began in 2015. The profiles summarize evidence of the climate hazards and health risks facing countries. The current 2021-2022 global series includes European countries.

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G7 Health Ministers agree on climate roadmap

In a joint statement, the health leaders from the Group of 7 recognized an essential role for national public health institutes in climate action. They committed to enhanced collaboration on climate and environmental health impacts, and backed a roadmap of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) for action on health and climate change.

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Lancet Countdown benefits from new EU-funded project

IDAlert, a new project funded by the European Commission, will support the Lancet Countdown Europe by developing indicators to monitor the impact of climate change on human health, in particular focusing on zoonotic diseases in the EU, and ensuring long-term sustainability, policy impact and uptake.

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Recommendations for conducting climate risk assessments at the municipal level

In view of the ever-increasing progress of climate change, assessing the risks is becoming increasingly important. Especially at the municipal level, the effects of climate change need to be identified and ensuing risks be assessed in order for effective precautionary action to be taken. The recommendations provided in the paper from the German Environment Agency (UBA) facilitate the preparation and implementation of climate risk assessments at the municipal level, by taking the international standard “Adaptation to climate change – Guidelines on vulnerability, impacts and risk assessment” (ISO 14091:2021-07) as a basis.

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New project launched on strengthening Europe’s resilience to emerging health threats

Tackling the emergence and transmission of zoonotic pathogens requires developing novel indicators, early warning systems, tools for decision-makers, and evaluating adaptation and mitigation strategies. The EU funded IDAlert project (Infectious Disease decision-support tools and Alert systems to build climate Resilience to emerging health Threats) will build on its ties with the European Climate and Health Observatory, and the Lancet Countdown in Europe to guarantee long-term sustainability, policy impact and uptake.

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Ukraine joins the LIFE programme for environment and climate

Ukraine is the first non-EU country to join the programme. LIFE’s support could help to restore the Ukrainian environment after the destruction brought about by the Russian invasion. Ukrainian applicants can already submit proposals under the 2022 LIFE calls for proposals.

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118 regions and local authorities join the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change

On 7 June 2022, the European Commission announced the first 118 regions and local authorities that will participate in the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change, the so-called Mission Adaptation, which will support the European Green Deal and the EU Climate Adaptation Strategy.

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European Commission reveals winners of LIFE Awards 2022

On 31 May 2022, the LIFE Programme announced the five winners of the annual LIFE Awards at a ceremony held during EU Green Week. The LIFE Awards recognise the most innovative, inspirational and effective LIFE projects in three categories: nature protection, environment and climate action. The LIFE VinEcoS (Optimizing Ecosystem Services in Viniculture facing Climate Change) project became the winner for climate action.

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Call for cities: Apply to receive tailored support to advance on adaptation action

The Policy Support Facility is a new initiative launched by the European Commission under the Covenant of Mayors – Europe, to help local and regional authorities implement adaptation strategies. Forty local and regional authorities from 12 EU Member States have the opportunity to receive tailored support from experts to advance on adaptation action. They are invited to submit an application by 21 June 2022.

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WHO #KeepCool campaign for 2022: preparing for a warm and dry summer in Europe

WHO/Europe launched its annual #KeepCool campaign, during the European Public Health Week (16 - 20 May 2022), to remind all people that in periods of hot weather it is essential to take measures to keep cool in order to avoid negative health effects.

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