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  • New health related information published on the European Climate and Health Observatory

    20 May 2022

    In the first months of 2022 new climate and health materials were published in the Observatory webpage, such as an analysis on key climate impacts on human health in national policy documents; European health policies and activities; evidence review of the climate change impacts on mental health, and updated indicators on health.

  • Health as a lever for action on climate change

    05 May 2022

    On the occasion of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, Santé publique France and IANPHI (The International Association of National Public Health Institutes) organized a discussion day on climate change and public health on 8 April 2022. The event aimed to raise better awareness of the interlinkages between climate, biodiversity and health in public policies, and to encourage concrete actions at the local, national and European level to adapt to climate change.

  • 10 Key heat health messages from the IPCC AR6 report

    06 Apr 2022

    The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report – AR6 Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – released 28 February 2022, includes important messages about the current and future impacts of extreme heat on human health.

  • Global warming projected to increase health burden from hyponatremia

    08 Mar 2022

    Global warming is likely to increase the number of people requiring hospitalization due to critically low sodium levels in the blood, a condition known as hyponatremia. A new study projects that a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius would increase the burden on hospitals from hyponatremia by almost 14 percent.

  • Green space in European cities is key to well-being – but access varies

    01 Feb 2022

    High-quality green and blue spaces in cities, like parks, riverbanks and coastlines, are crucial for health and well-being, in particular for the elderly, children and people on low incomes. A European Environment Agency briefing shows that access is not equal, and that cities in the north and west of Europe tend to have more green space than cities in southern and eastern Europe.

  • Europeans see climate change as top challenge for the EU

    25 Jan 2022

    Nine out of 10 young Europeans agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being, while 84% of those aged 55 or over agree. Almost every second European (49%) sees climate change as the main global challenge for the future of the EU, according to a special Eurobarometer on the Future of Europe.

  • European Innovation Council Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics: Commission awards €5 million to winning project

    17 Jan 2022

    The European Commission launched a prize to reward the best Earth observation-based prototype to forecast and monitor vector-borne diseases. The winner of the €5 million European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prize on Early Warning for Epidemics is Greece-based project EarlY WArning System for Mosquito-borne Diseases (EYWA). The EYWA project transforms scientific knowledge into a decision-making tool, contributing significantly to combatting and controlling the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

  • The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) contributes to the international approach to Climate change and Health

    04 Nov 2021

    A special edition of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) magazine on climate change and health showcases the knowledge and advice that is contributing to solutions for health-related climate impacts at local, regional, national and international levels. Featured topics in this edition include: international approach to health effects of climate change; five questions about climate change and infectious disease; greener streets in Dutch cities; public focus on wind turbines and health.

  • 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown: Tracking progress on health and climate change

    21 Oct 2021

    The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future, is an international collaboration that independently monitors the health consequences of a changing climate across five key domains and over 40 indicators.

  • Tackling the effects of climate change on health in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions

    11 Oct 2021

    This workshop report includes assessments from the region and recommendations for policy-makers and the scientific community. The Mediterranean and Middle East regions are “hotspots” and the effects of climate change are greater here than in other regions. Topics addressed during the workshop included the effects of extreme weather events, water shortage, food security, infectious diseases, air pollution, and health issues of displaced populations, among others.