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  • 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.

  • European schools and hospitals at risk from heat waves and floods: How to protect vulnerable groups from climate change?

    06 Jul 2022

    Climate change affects all Europeans, but vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children, low-income groups and those with health problems or disabilities, are hit hardest. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing looks at these inequalities and how to address them through equitable climate change adaptation.

  • Towards ‘just resilience’: leaving no one behind when adapting to climate change

    05 Jul 2022

    The briefing from the European Environment Agency examines how climate change affects vulnerable groups and how these impacts can be prevented or reduced through equitable adaptation actions. The publication provides an overview of knowledge and practice for just resilience in Europe with regard to social impacts of adaptation and resilience.

  • 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.