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  • ENBEL publishes new set of policy briefs

    19 Feb 2024

    A new set of policy briefs, on climate services, child health and infectious disease surveillance in Africa, has been added to the ENBEL Knowledge Portal. The Portal now includes 9 policy briefs presenting knowledge on climate change-related health impacts and interventions, gathered through ENBEL and its network of climate and health partner research projects.

  • CLIMOS project launches video and podcast about sand fly-borne diseases

    12 Feb 2024

    The CLIMOS project, dedicated to mitigate climate- and climate change-induced emergence, transmission and spread of sand fly-borne diseases, launched a new video and podcast episode, which explain the relevance of focusing on the environmental aspects related to sand-fly borne diseases.

  • New CLIMOS Stakeholder Network welcomes members interested in vector-borne diseases

    12 Feb 2024

    The CLIMOS project recently launched its Stakeholder Network, and invites European organizations and individual members with an interest to mitigate climate change-induced emergence and spread of sand fly-borne diseases to join forces.

  • Contribution to WHO's new research agenda for action on climate and health

    08 Jan 2024

    WHO is developing its new research agenda for action on climate and health (REACH 2035), aiming at setting research priorities to accelerate progress towards climate and health goals. REACH 2035 will be developed through a series of consultative workshops around the world. All researchers, experts and practitioners working at the intersection of climate and health can express their interest to participate in these workshops and contribute to the creation of REACH 2035.

  • Hospital infrastructure at growing risk of shutdown due to climate change

    05 Jan 2024

    Without a rapid phase out of fossil fuels and hospital adaptation measures, Europe could have up to four times more - or over 1,000 hospitals - at high risk of total or partial shutdown from extreme weather events by 2100, a recent study by XDI finds. In some countries, nearly 30% of all hospitals face serious risks. Since 1990, global warming has already resulted in a 27% increase in risk of damage to hospital infrastructure. Coastal inundation and flooding are the main driving hazards.

  • COP28 agreement calls for transitioning away from fossil fuels but lacks global plan for adaptation

    13 Dec 2023

    In Dubai, world leaders agreed on a decision text of the COP28 climate summit. The text calls for "transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems", but no phase-out. While it is the first time that a text in a climate agreement mentions moving away from fossil fuels, the root cause for climatic change and its impact on human health and well-being, the text lacks explicit commitments related to mitigation, adaptation and finance for these actions.

  • WHO publishes operational framework for climate resilient health systems

    12 Dec 2023

    With publication of this operational framework for building climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems, the World Health Organization (WHO) provides guidance on how the health sector can systematically and effectively address challenges presented by climate change and transform health systems. The goals is to increase the climate resilience of health systems, to ensure safe care in a changing climate and to protect and improve the health of communities.

  • Exhaustion formulates recommendations for policies targeting heat and air pollution

    06 Dec 2023

    As an outcome of its policy conference on heat and air pollution, the Exhaustion project formulated seven policy recommendations based on contributions from researchers, policy makers and civil society. These include stronger wildfire management and prevention, including policies that address health risks of air pollution in heat–health action plans, positioning health as driver for mitigation and adaptation action, seeking co-benefits of heat and air pollution policies, encouraging evaluation studies on adaptation strategies, and consideration of equity and fairness.

  • Global health workers express urgency for action to limit climate-health impacts

    05 Dec 2023

    With powerful voices, health workers from around the world bring testimonies about the impact of climate change on their patients' health and on health systems. At the occasion of the COP28, they call, again, for urgent action to mitigate the impact.

  • ASPHER launches call for 7-point action on Climate Change and Health

    03 Dec 2023

    The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) issued a statement on the occasion of the first-ever COP health day. It calls for urgent action on climate change and health in seven points to limit the impact of climate change for human populations, ecosystems and the future of the planet.