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  • European Climate and Health Observatory launched and joint Lancet Countdown-EEA Briefing published

    04 Mar 2021

    The European Climate and Health Observatory is a partnership of the European Commission, the EEA and several other European and international organizations. This Observatory provides access to a wide range of resources on climate change and health, and aims to strengthen the health component in adaptation strategies and activities as well as the climate adaptation component in health policies. The Observatory was launched on 4 March 2021 in a virtual launch event together with its partner organisations and users. In connection with the launch of the Observatory, the Lancet Countdown and the EEA publish a joint briefing ’Responding to the health risks of climate change in Europe’. This Briefing highlights key health impacts from climate change as well as opportunities to reduce climate-related health risks through adaptation policies aligned with mitigation actions.

  • New project on the spreading of disease in conjunction with climate change

    07 Jan 2021

    Researchers are currently studying the consequences of climate change for the spreading of different types of diseases in Europe. The main areas of focus are the spreading of disease by the tiger mosquito, borrelia carried by ticks, and the seasonal patterns of COVID-19.

  • Resolute environmental protection will save society many billions of euros

    21 Dec 2020

    The German Environment Agency provides new cost rates for environmental damage, showing that systematic protection of the environment and climate saves us and future generations many billions of euros through reduced damage to the environment and health.

  • When floods strike, the EU LIFE programme is there to help

    12 Oct 2020

    In Europe, floods are on the rise due to climate change. These extreme weather events often result in human tragedy, loss of life and economic losses. The environment also suffers with wildlife habitats being destroyed and water bodies being polluted. Several LIFE projects are working hard to alleviate the situation.

  • Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium

    11 Sep 2020

    According to this report of the National Climate Commission, climate change in Belgium will mainly be felt through heat waves, floods and droughts. Warmer and more humid summers, and milder and humid winters are becoming normal. These impacts will affect a large number of sectors, resulting in major costs but also benefits, with costs dominating strongly. Well-considered and fair adaptation measures are required.

  • Get involved in EU Missions

    11 Sep 2020

    Citizens get the opportunity to react to ideas that came out from the citizen engagement deliberative events on the respective Missions that have taken (and still are taking) place over the summer. Therefore, a call runs from 1st September to 14th September 2020. Ideas can be written in English, German and French. The results of the project will be announced on 22 September during the European Research and Innovation Days 2020.

  • Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being

    08 Sep 2020

    Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe and contribute to 13 % of deaths. An integrated approach to environment and health policies is needed to tackle environmental risks, protect the most vulnerable and fully realise the benefits that nature offers in support of health and well-being, according to the EEA.

  • UNDRR/ISC publication ‘The hazard definition and classification review’

    15 Aug 2020

    This United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and International Science Council (ISC) technical report supports the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by providing a common set of hazard definitions.

  • Climate change in Germany: monitoring report shows far-reaching consequences

    11 Aug 2020

    The second indicator-based monitoring report of the German Federal Government on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change informs the public and decision-makers in all areas of social life about the observed consequences of climate change and about the progress on adaptation in all relevant sectors.

  • Summer in the city: green infrastructure to keep urban areas cool

    28 Jul 2020

    The last five years have been the hottest on record. Temperature records were broken in cities across Czechia, Spain, Germany, France, and Poland. Meanwhile, public health warnings were issued in Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland due to the intense warmth. The team at LIFE Tree Check project has come up with several solutions that can help cities across central Europe cope when the heat is on.