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.

Join the launch event of the new EEA report on climate, water and health

18 Apr 2024

On 15 May, EEA launches a new report - Responding to climate change impacts on human health in Europe: focus on floods, droughts and water quality - produced under the European Climate and Health Observatory. Join us at the report launch event in Brussels, or follow online!

New look for Observatory

27 Mar 2024

The European Climate and Health Observatory has a new look, but our aim does not change: providing easy access to information and resources on climate and health, and foster collaboration to make Europe more resilient to the health impacts of climate change. With the new look and advanced functionalities, we hope to improve the portal's usability and user experience for you and all our stakeholders.

EXHAUSTION project on exposure to heat and air pollution in Europe releases key findings, recommendations and tools

26 Mar 2024

The EXHAUSTION project has sought to quantify shifts in heart and lung disease in Europe due to extreme heat and air pollution and identify adaptation strategies. Based on project findings, EXHAUSTION has now launched policy recommendations, tools and visual material to support awareness, policy and resilience.

European Climate Risk Assessment highlights also imminent threats to human health

11 Mar 2024

Europe is the fastest warming continent in the world, and climate risks are threatening people’s health, as well as several aspects contributing to people's wellbeing, including its energy and food security, ecosystems, infrastructure, water resources, and financial stability. According to the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessment, many of these risks have already reached critical levels and could become catastrophic without urgent and decisive action.

EU Health Policy Platform call for proposals 2024

07 Mar 2024

The European Commission invites health stakeholders to submit proposals for a new cycle of Thematic Networks under the EU Health Policy Platform framework. These Thematic Networks are created for stakeholder organisations to collaborate and produce a Joint Statement on a specific issue in different public health areas, including climate change and health. The deadline for submission is 3 April 2024, 23.59h CEST.

ECDC launches video on the climate-induced spread of mosquito-borne diseases and protection measures

01 Mar 2024

The video by the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC) explains how climate change creates more favourable conditions in Europe for pathogen- and disease-carrying mosquitos, and how we can protect ourselves against falling ill for mosquito-borne diseases.

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.

More than 120 countries endorse COP28 health and climate declaration

02 Dec 2023

The ‘COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate and Health’, unveiled by the COP28 Presidency and the World Health Organization (WHO), places health at the heart of climate action and urges accelerated development of climate-resilient, sustainable and equitable health systems. To back the statement, several financial commitments on climate and health were announced. Endorsed by 123 countries, the Declaration, and the COP attendance of several Health Ministers alongside their Environmental colleagues, mark a world first in governments acknowledging the growing health impacts of climate change on communities and countries.

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