A report on climate change and health commissioned by University College London and the Lancet concludes that: "Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century."
In this report, the authors emphasise not only the immediacy and gravity of this threat but also the directness: while the poorest in the world will be the first affected, no-one will be spared. The escalating carbon footprint of the developed world has led to the present situation, but the rapid impact on (...)
On occasion of the 2008 "World Health Day" the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the World Health Organisation held a conference on "Protecting Health from Climate Change" on 7 April 2008.
2008 World Health Day focused on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change. The theme was selected in recognition that climate change is posing ever growing threats to global public health security.
The celebration of the World Health Day started (...)
In an effort to educate and raise debate within the health and environment community on approaches to and synergies between climate protection and health promotion, the Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched a new specialized list serve on “Climate Change and Health”.
Climate change profoundly affects some of the most fundamental determinants of health. The resulting increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as intense storms, heat waves, (...)
The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe has published a new report entitled “Health Risks of heavy metals from long-range transboundary air pollution” on the sources, chemical proprieties and spatial distribution of cadmium, lead and mercury pollution that evaluates the potential health risks in Europe.
The Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) was signed in 1979. Its recently activities persistent organic pollutants (Protocol on (...)
This year has seen the focus on climate change shifting away from an exclusive focus on reducing emissions with recognition that past emissions have already caused the climate to change with resultant impacts on health.
Researchers believe about 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water.
Scientists at the Royal Geographical Society meeting in London said that arsenic exposure will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. According to Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate at Cambridge University, “It’s a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more.”
Potential hazard Some of the effects of arsenic (...)
The European Commission, based on a status report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), has urged EU member states to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in a statement that took place on 14 June, in Brussels.
Commissioner Stravos Dimas has welcomed the EEA’s report which concludes that the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission fell by 0.7% in 2005. However, Mr. Dimas has underlined that member states need to improve their efforts to limit emissions (...)
The European Public Health Alliance, the International Society of Doctors for the Environment - Europe, the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Disease Patients Association and the EPHA Environment Network, representatives of the health, environmental health and patient community throughout Europe, sent a letter to European Ministers ahead of the EU Environment Council held in Brussels on 2 December 2005.
The letter describes how European legislation associated with the 6th (...)
Air pollution with particulate matter (PM) claims an average of 8.6 months from the life of every person in the European Union (EU).
The WHO Regional Office for Europe has highlighted the impact of air pollution on health and the financial costs.
Long-term exposure to PM is particularly damaging to human health and reduces life expectancy, and needs to be tackled as a priority. There would also be key financial benefits. For the EU, €58-161 billion could be saved if deaths from (...)
Following its consultation on air quality, the European Commission has published an EU thematic strategy on air quality and ambient air quality legislation.
EPHA, EPHA Environment Network and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) are calling the European Parliament to take a strong leadership role on that dossier.
The three organisations remind MEPs in the attached letter that according to the European Commission’s own Impact (...)