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  • Observatory welcomes new partner ASPHER

    24 Feb 2023

    The European Climate and Health Observatory welcomes a new partner: ASPHER, the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region. ASPHER is the key independent European organisation dedicated to improving and protecting the public health by strengthening education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. ASPHER will contribute to strengthen the Observatory in the area of Climate and Health Literacy.

  • Observatory workplan 2023-2024 available

    24 Feb 2023

    Read in the published Observatory workplan about the upcoming work of the partners in 2023-2024. The plan contains three main pillars: i) new work with a focus on the water-climate-health nexus; ii) continuation of work on heat and climate-sensitive infectious diseases iii) work on climate and health literacy.

  • New case study on dengue surveillance in France

    24 Feb 2023

    This case study on dengue surveillance in France provides information on an adaptation option to deal with the increased risk of infectious diseases, induced by climate change. The surveillance system includes awareness-raising campaigns on diagnosis and reporting for health professionals, testing of suspected cases for dengue and other diseases, active case finding, epidemiological investigations, and mosquito control measures.

  • New Observatory health page on impacts of ground-level ozone and ozone forecast viewer

    24 Feb 2023

    Ground-level ozone affects human health by impairing respiratory and cardiovascular function, which leads to more hospital admissions, school and work absences, medication use, and even premature mortality. Ongoing and future changes in the climate are expected to affect the year-to-year variability in ozone concentrations and its peak values in different ways. The Observatory now includes a dedicated section describing the impact of ground-level ozone on human health, observed and projected effects of climate change, and examples of policy responses to reduce the burden for human health and its economic costs. The 4-day ground-level ozone forecast viewer from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) is also accessible from the Observatory.

  • Invitation to share stories for GCHA films on climate health threats

    07 Feb 2023

    The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), together with BBC Studios, will produce films, that explore climate change as a health emergency. The series will raise awareness about environmental impacts on our health and highlight inspirational, innovative and inclusive solutions to the interlinked climate and health crises, that can be replicated and scaled elsewhere. Your organisation can now share stories for potential inclusion.

  • Wellcome Trust funding opportunity for climate-health related projects

    02 Feb 2023

    The Wellcome Trust funding scheme "Climate Impacts Awards" is funding transdisciplinary teams to deliver short-term, high-impact projects about the impacts of climate change on physical or mental health. Projects should combine evidence generation with communications and/or public engagement to make the health impacts of climate change visible and drive climate policy.

  • Open horizon Europe calls for Climate-Health

    11 Jan 2023

    The recently adopted Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024 includes calls for Research & Innovation activities, co-funded partnerships (COFUND) and Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs). The Health cluster is divided into six Destinations, focusing on a broad range of areas of importance for the future of health. Several clusters have open calls that are relevant for the climate-health nexus.

  • New indicators available in the Observatory

    07 Dec 2022

    The European Climate and Health Observatory now offers more indicators related to health impacts of climate-sensitive infectious diseases, heat and pollen (developed by the Lancet Countdown Europe) and has updated existing indicators with recent data.

  • Stockholm Statement: national public health institutes' role in preparedness and response to climate crisis

    05 Dec 2022

    National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) from around the world met in Stockholm, Sweden early December to address and find solutions to the biggest challenges to the public health security. In the Stockholm statement they highlight the urgent need to apply the lessons learned from COVID-19 to address other health threats, including explicitly climate change. NPHIs have a vital role in handling the crises that affect human health.

  • Map viewer on accessibility of hospitals in Europe

    28 Nov 2022

    The European Climate and Health Observatory now offers a map viewer visualizing the accessibility of hospitals in Europe. Being able to arrive timely at a hospital is an essential aspect of access to healthcare. The viewer presents the average travel time to the nearest hospital per NUTS3 region within Europe.