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  • European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

    28 Sep 2022

    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.

  • New climate change country profiles show key health risks and priority areas for action in European Region

    17 Aug 2022

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have launched the Health and Climate Change Country Profiles to give an overview of critical areas for action to combat these threats, and to provide links to available resources. Developed in collaboration with national health services, they summarize evidence of the climate hazards and health risks facing countries.

  • New Health and Climate Change Country Profiles

    01 Aug 2022

    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.

  • G7 Health Ministers agree on climate roadmap

    01 Aug 2022

    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.

  • Lancet Countdown benefits from new EU-funded project

    01 Aug 2022

    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.

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

    04 Jul 2022

    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.

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

    24 May 2022

    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.

  • High levels of air pollution increase health risk linked to high temperatures in Europe

    24 May 2022

    The report from the EU project EXHAUSTION: “Interactive Effects of High Temperature and Air Pollution in Europe” summarizes the evidence from analyses on the interactive effects of high temperature and various air pollutants on heart and lung related death and diseases. The findings highlight the urgency in improving air quality across Europe, and for policymakers that climate change adaptation measures need to be also taken into account to protect vulnerable subgroups.

  • New health related information published on the European Climate and Health Observatory

    20 May 2022

    In the first months of 2022 new climate and health materials - such as an analysis on key climate impacts on human health in national policy documents; European health policies and activities; evidence review of the climate change impacts on mental health, and updated indicators on health - were published in the Observatory webpage.

  • Health as a lever for action on climate change

    05 May 2022

    On the occasion of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, Santé publique France and The International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) organised a discussion day on climate change and public health on 8 April 2022. The event aimed to raise better awareness of the interlinkages between climate, biodiversity and health in public policies, and to encourage concrete actions at the local, national and European level to adapt to climate change.