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[EPT] The 7th Environmental Programme (EAP)


THE 7TH ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME (EAP) Environment Action Programmes have guided the development of EU environment policy since the early seventies. The attainment of other objectives depends on future implementation efforts (chemicals, pesticides, water), and still a number of other challenges remain unaddressed. The 7th Environment Action Programme should be a strategic document providing an overarching framework aiming at improving Europe’s competitiveness and enhancing its (...)
18/03/2013

Addressing fuel poverty in deprived urban areas


A practical example from the United Kingdom on how to tackle several social determinants of health (e.g. housing and energy) and have climate change benefits: In the last 18 months, more than 1,600 houses in the poorest parts of Stockton-on-Tees (United Kingdom) have benefited from free energy efficiency measures to cut local carbon emissions and reduce fuel bills. As well as external cladding, many homes have also received new boilers, central heating systems and internal insulation (...)
18/03/2013

Links between Housing Situation, Noise Pollution & Adverse Health Effects


A recent pan-European study has reviewed the factors which influence how annoyed a person feels about road traffic and aircraft noise. Among its findings, residents in terraced housing or apartments were less annoyed by road traffic noise than residents in semi-detached or detached housing. People who are exposed to long-term noise may experience annoyance as well as health problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension). This study, conducted under the EU HYENA project [[HYENA (...)
11/03/2013

[Report] The Unpaid Health Bill - how is coal pollution making us sick?


How is coal pollution making us sick? is the latest Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) report launched on 7 March. The paper provides an overview of the scientific evidence of how air pollution impacts on health and how emissions from coal power plants are implicated in this. It presents the first ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy (...)
07/03/2013

Involvement of civil society organisations crucial to effectively run EU funds, says EU-Commission


The European Commission responds to a civil society open letter by assuring its determination to defend the objectives of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership. In November 2012 the Platform of European Social NGOs sent an open letter to the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission supporting the proposal on the Partnership principle in the regulation on structural funds. The letter voiced concerns on a existing trend towards weakening participation of socio-economic and (...)
28/02/2013

[Save the date] Spotlight on Clean Air & Health


The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) focus on the connection between clean air and Health in an event hosted by Satu Hassi MEP (FI, the Greens) and co-hosted by Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP (RO, S&D) in the European Parliament on 19 March 2013. You all are very welcomed to attend this event! You can register using this registration link The event will run from 18:00 in the Altiero Spinelli (ASP) building in room ASP 5E1 (...)
27/02/2013

EPHA Report on the Impact of the Crisis on the Population Mental Health


Economic crises such as the one Europe has been going through since late 2007 have a considerable impact on the society as a whole. Sky-rocking unemployment, the use and abuse of unhealthy substances, and mental illnesses are just some of the areas EPHA looked at in its just-released "Report on the impact of the crisis on the population mental health". “The economic crisis should not turn into a health crisis”, John Dalli, ex EU Commissioner in charge of health and consumer (...)
27/02/2013

Land grabbing - With land goes water


Under pressure from rising food prices, many nations have begun to acquire large tracts of agricultural land in foreign countries, a practice known as ‘land grabbing’. New research has now quantified current levels of land grabbing and demonstrated that it is accompanied by concerning levels of ‘water grabbing’ which could affect water supplies in those countries. Under pressure from rising food prices, many nations have begun Land grabbing, defined as the (...)
26/02/2013

The uncertain health impacts of climate change - a new study in the Netherlands


A new study commissioned by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and carried out by the Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University assesses the potential impacts of climate change on human health in the Netherlands. The researchers asked health experts to rate the level of uncertainty attached to different health impacts of climate change. As a result, heat-related deaths and vector-borne diseases were indicated as particularly relevant to climate change adaptation. What was the (...)
18/02/2013

Preventing global non-communicable diseases through low carbon development


Both non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change are enormous threats to global health - synergies attempting to tackle these major health threats have received limited attention to date. The increasing burden of NCDs poses an enormous threat to populations and health systems across the globe. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are predicted to have profound public health effects and there is an urgent need for transition to low-carbon economies. Although important (...)
12/02/2013