Eurofound’s EU PolicyWatch showcases socioeconomic measures to face extreme weather events

14 Jun 2024

The EU PolicyWatch Database collects information on measures of governments and social partners to cushion current social and economic strains. Given the challenges climate change is creating, the database also maps how policy makers address the effects of extreme weather events on businesses, workers and citizens with 65 specific measures. The aim is to inform both governments and social partners on the different practices to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of climate change, while maintaining economic competitiveness and livability of local areas.

Increase in spread of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in Europe

13 Jun 2024

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports an upward trend in the number of cases of dengue imported from dengue-endemic regions, as well as an increasing number of local outbreaks of both West Nile virus and dengue in the past two years. Increased temperature across Europe, as well as an increase in rainfall and humidity create favourable conditions for mosquitos that are a vector for the diseases (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus). Climate change is expected to increase the spread of mosquitos across Europe as the climate shifts to create more favourable conditions.

Climate-Health Cluster publishes policy brief with call for action on climate change and health

10 Jun 2024

In a recent policy brief "Integrating Human Health in Climate Change Policies", the European Climate-Health Cluster – a Horizon Europe cooperation between 6 European research and innovation projects for the integration of human health issues in climate policies and programs – demands urgent, transformative actions on climate and health from European policymakers.

Small European countries pledge action to build climate-resilient health systems

07 Jun 2024

The 11 smallest countries in the European Region (including among others the EEA member and cooperating countries Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro and Slovenia) have jointly committed to stronger action to improve the health of their populations. The countries signed the Cyprus Declaration, which sets out a way forward to jointly act on health priorities, including via the resilience of health systems against climate change.

2024 LIFE Award for TreeCheck project on urban heat mitigation

04 Jun 2024

The LIFE project TreeCheck wins the 2024 LIFE Award in the Climate Action category, for assisting Central European cities in minimising urban heat island effect and its health impacts with the use of green infrastructure. LIFE TreeCheck developed among others software for easier urban planning and an app for the public to recognize trees and raise awareness on the heat reducing potential. The project also brings together knowledge and expertise for new measures, procedures and technologies to help cities cope with extreme temperatures.

Climate and Health Resolution receives strong support from WHO Member States

03 Jun 2024

At the World Health Assembly in Geneva last week, World Health Organization (WHO) member states adopted a resolution on Climate Change and Health. The Resolution clearly identifies climate change as a major threat to public health, and sets out a framework to build climate-resilient and sustainable health systems. Among various proposed measures were multi-sectoral cooperation, awareness raising on the interdependence between climate change and health, and decarbonization to tackle the root cause of climate change. The adoption demonstrates a political commitment by governments and WHO to scale up climate action as a public health priority to protect people from the growing health impacts of climate change.

Tips and tricks to reduce heat risk ahead of summer and Olympics in Paris

02 Jun 2024

The new portal from Santé publique France provides public guidance on coping with heat, including specific advice for staying cool indoors and during sporting events.

New WHO factsheet on heat and health

01 Jun 2024

The new factsheet by the World Health Organisation highlights the increasing frequency and intensity of heatwaves, their health impacts for the general population and vulnerable groups specifically, and health interventions and policies that can prevent and reduce risks and impacts.

Human-caused climate change identified as key driver of dangerous heat waves in past 12 months

31 May 2024

Scientists from Climate Central, World Weather Attribution and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre identify in a new report human-caused climate change as a key driver for record-breaking global temperatures and dangerous extreme heat in the past 12 months. The high temperatures during among others heat waves in Southern Europe in the summer of 2023 would never have occurred without human-induced climate change.

WHO prioritizes climate change and health in next work programme

30 May 2024

In its General Programme of Work 2025-2028, the World Health Organization (WHO) prioritizes climate change and health, thereby underscoring the critical need to respond to the escalating threat to health posed by climate change. WHO aims to safeguard health amidst climate challenges by strengthening climate-resilient health systems, fostering synergies between climate resilience and mitigation efforts, and prioritizing vulnerable populations.

Explore the European Climate Risk Assessment: interactive viewers, final report and more

29 May 2024

The first European Climate Risk Assessment (EUCRA), launched in March 2024, provides a comprehensive assessment of the major climate risks facing Europe now and in the future. Human health is one of the major risks areas. Supplementary interactive viewers of EUCRA's comprehensive risk table and of the risk impact drivers are now available, together with the final version of the report, FAQ and more resources on EUCRA's webpage.

Observatory provides additional insights into climate change impacts on water and health

28 May 2024

The Observatory portal now provides more insight in how climate change affects health through changes in the water cycle, with additional evidence on the health effects of droughts and water scarcity, landslides, permafrost thaw, and water- and foodborne diseases.

Observatory inspires climate action to protect health with nine new case studies

27 May 2024

The European Climate and Health Observatory includes nine new case studies that showcase diverse responses to the health threats of climate change, implemented across Europe. The case studies, spanning nature-based solutions, financial incentives, governance options and more, aim to inspire climate action to prevent and reduce climate impacts on human health and well-being.

Climate resilience capacity check-up for hospitals by LIFE RESYSTAL

24 May 2024

The LIFE RESYSTAL project has designed an adaptive Capacity Assessment Matrix (or checklist), that enables hospitals to assess their climate readiness and take targeted action, preparing ahead of any climate-related extreme weather events. The assessment produces a ‘climate resilience profile’ for each hospital, which provides a clear and current depiction of their ability to withstand climate-related weather events, and this across three dimensions:  infrastructure, governance and leadership, and crisis management.

Observatory warns of climate change risks for children and youth

23 May 2024

The Observatory features now a page describing the specific risks and impacts of climate change for children and youth, today and in the future. You get informed about child-specific vulnerability and exposure, as well as potential responses to prevent and reduce impacts.

New logo for the Observatory

22 May 2024

With the new logo for the European Climate and Health Observatory, we want to emphasize the relation between climate - with leaves symbolising the natural environment - and human health - with the heart shape symbolising health and the dot symbolising a head to introduce the human dimension.

Minecraft to learn heat wave survival skills

21 May 2024

As the world faces deadly heat, Arsht-Rock and Minecraft are challenging players to overcome the threat of global warming virtually and in real-life. Through in-game scenarios, players of the Minecraft Extreme Heat Series learn in an engaging, innovative way to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. As they play, they can also can take away real-world heat resilience responses, including simple solutions like fans and hydration as well as urban climate policy solutions.

New EEA report on climate, water and health

15 May 2024

The EEA report 'Responding to climate change impacts on human health in Europe: focus on floods, droughts and water quality’ draws attention to the worsening water-related impacts of climate change on health and well-being that are already felt across Europe. Fast-tracking implementation and better coordination of efforts by governments, water authorities and healthcare providers are urgently needed to prevent and reduce health impacts. The EEA report seeks to inspire action by showing various examples of practical solutions implemented in the EEA member and collaborating countries.  

2024 Europe Report of the Lancet Countdown calls for unprecedented action to protect health of all people from climate change

13 May 2024

Published in The Lancet Public Health, the 2024 Europe Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change highlights with updated indicators the negative impacts of climate change on human health, and how these tend to be unevenly distributed; the delayed action to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and some missed opportunities to protect and improve health.

CAMS pollen forecast viewers accessible in Observatory

10 May 2024

The Observatory now provides direct access to four-day forecasts of pollen concentrations of six plant species, including alder, birch, grass, mugwort, olive and ragweed, produced by the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS).

Health aspects in Governance Regulation reporting on adaptation

06 May 2024

The Observatory provides now an overview of the health-related aspects of the national adaptation actions that the EU Member States reported in 2023 under the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action.

EEA report on urban adaptation showcases action to protect citizens' health

29 Apr 2024

The new EEA report ‘Urban adaptation in Europe’ highlights the urgent need to adapt our cities - where the majority of the Europeans live - to climate change. It inspires and supports action by providing an overview of responses in policy and practice that cities are taking. Investing in urban societal resilience can protect the health and well-being of many Europeans from the adverse impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves and floods.

Share your feedback on the Observatory

26 Apr 2024

We invite you to participate in a survey on the European Climate and Health Observatory portal (as part of a wider evaluation of the Climate-ADAPT platform). With your feedback regarding the content, functionalities and dissemination of the online platform, we aim to improve the Observatory.

European State of the Climate 2023 report warns for health risks

24 Apr 2024

The European State of the Climate 2023 report, jointly published by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), highlights the record high temperatures, wildfires and floodings that Europe experienced in 2023. The report also focusses on the adverse health impacts caused by the heat stress and climatic changes, including the 30% rise in heat-related mortality in the past 20 years, and calls for European policies and action to protect health.

2024 LIFE programme welcomes proposals on climate and health

18 Apr 2024

CINEA, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency, calls for proposals to receive LIFE funding, and for the first time, the ‘Climate Change Adaptation’ sub-programme welcomes projects on climate adaptation and health. The deadline for application is 17 September 2024. Virtual information sessions are organized from 23 to 26 April.

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