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  • Advising communities and decision makers to adapt to increased temperatures now and in the future

    05 May 2021

    The World Health Organization - Regional Office for Europe has launched its 2021 #KeepCool campaign, helping advise communities and decision-makers on ways to stay healthy in the heat and adapt for increased temperatures in the future.

  • Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment provides information on climate change and health

    28 Apr 2021

    The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) provides information about the health effects of a changing climate, measures to combat climate change and measures to limit the effects of climate change. Moreover RIVM outlines policy options and makes data and instruments available to help governments with integrated assessments regarding climate, health and environmental policies.

  • German adaptation project on heat stress in cities extended

    21 Apr 2021

    The “HeatResilientCity” project, investigating since 2017 on how urban districts and buildings can be better adapted to heat, has been extended by two years by the German Federal Environment Ministry. In the second phase of the project, the plan is to familiarize practitioners with the subject of heat adaptation in urban districts, to form new networks and to jointly develop suitable tools and decision-making aids for urban and open space planning.

  • German magazine sheds light on heat action plans

    19 Apr 2021

    Three articles in the April 2021 issue of the magazine "UMID: Umwelt und Mensch – Informationsdienst" deal with heat action plans (HAPs). In their articles, the authors discuss the effectiveness of heat action plans in Europe, shed light on the state of health care in Germany and give recommendations for the development of HAPs: action needed in terms of heat prevention.

  • Nature-based solutions should play an increased role in tackling climate change

    15 Apr 2021

    Working with nature and enhancing the role of ecosystems can societies help to adapt on climate change, reduce its impacts, and increase climate change resilience. Such an approach can deliver multiple benefits, including lowering pressures on biodiversity, improving human health and well-being, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a sustainable economy, according to a new European Environment Agency report.

  • 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.