"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The Lancet illustrates how profoundly climate change threatens human health and well-being. While this may be very unsettling, the upside is that many forms of behavioural change favour both public health and climate change prevention. A transition towards such patterns of behaviour creates vast (...)
Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy.
Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf)
Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)
The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place between 18 and 26 May in Geneva, where key stakeholders met to discuss among other things, the health impact of air pollution, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the health and humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the recent earthquake, environmental contaminants and the importance of health at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As part of the conclusions, delegates adopted a resolution to deal with the health (...)
According to WHO predictions, climate change will cause an increase in annual heat related deaths of elderly people in Europeto 27,000 by 2050, if decisive policy action is not taken at the Paris Climate Confernce this year.
At the mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process held in Haifa, Isreal on 28–30 April 2015, the WHO reported that heatwaves, vector-borne diseases and allergic disorders are among the main climate change related health issues already (...)
While experts highlight the health effects and economic costs of air pollution, the European Commission is planning to amend the air quality proposal which is likely to have significant benefits for health right across Europe. In considering modifications to the EU clean air package, the European Commission has an opportunity to promote prevention and to consider people’s health.
Parliament Hearing to present scientific evidence on EU air quality policy
At the public hearing (...)
17 December 2014, Amsterdam - Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets because it contains:
An unreasonably broad definition of ’trade secrets’ that enables almost anything within a company to be deemed as such;
Overly-broad protection for companies, that could (...)
Brussels, 18 November 2014 - Today, public health, patients’, and medical organisations sent a letter to EU Commission President Juncker expressing their dismay at any consideration to withdraw the EU Clean Air Policy Package, as presented by EU Environment and Health Commissioners Potocnik and Borg in December 2013.
The letter calls on President Juncker to keep the proposal and work with the European Parliament and Council to ensure a swift and ambitious adoption.
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Brussels, 26th September 2014 - On the occasion of World Environmental Health Day, EPHA highlighted the vital importance of water for public health. Having access to adequate sanitation facilities and sufficient amounts of safe water for drinking and hygiene is essential for human health. As a response to the ‘right to water’ campaign, the Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on the Drinking Water Directive, notably in view of improving access to quality (...)
"One day the poor in Hungary will have nothing left to eat but the rich." Over a million Hungarians live below the poverty line. As inequalities are on the rise in Hungary, a mock fast food restaurant HUNGER KING® opened its doors in the Hungarian capital, Budapest for 3 weeks, as a protest against the anti-homeless acts of the Hungarian government. Another worrying trend since the Hungarian government’s re-election, has been the launch of a campaign attacking the credibility of (...)
Brussels, 5th June 2014 - On the occasion of World Environment Day, EPHA puts the spotlights on the "Know your air for health" website, recently launched by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Organisations (EFA). It addresses air pollution as a major public health concern. Consequences of air pollution range from immediate effects, such as coughing and wheezing, to triggering and aggravating respiratory diseases, (...)