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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on viral safety of plasma-derived medicinal products with respect to hepatitis E virus, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a causative agent of hepatitis in many countries and of emerging concern in industrialised countries. HEV is a non-enveloped, single-stranded, positive-sense RNA virus and [...]

Living in a changing climate    europa.eu

Our climate is changing. Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation levels and patterns, or extreme weather events are already impacting Europe, and these impacts result in real losses. In a serie[...]

Doctors call on French authorities to give greater priority to health at COP21 climate summit    env-health.org

Doctors, medical and public health associations ring the alarm bells and ask for health to feature more strongly in the COP21 Paris agreement In a joint declaration released on Monday, 29 June, the F[...]

HEAL Reaction: Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement    env-health.org

The UCL-Lancet Commission on climate change and health 2015 published today offers policy makers an opportunity to connect with an issue close to the hearts of European citizens - their health. By Gé[...]

New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Commission refers Greece to Court and gives Germany a final warning regarding the transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 18 June 2015 The European Commission is referring Greece to the EU Courtof Justice for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this d[...]

New HEAL Webinar series: COP21 – Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health    env-health.org

In the run-up to the UNFCCC COP21 climate summit this December in Paris, the Health and Environment Alliance is launching an exciting new series of webinars on how climate action can benefit health, [...]

Scientific guideline: Reflection paper on assessment of cardiovascular risk of medicinal products for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The purpose of this reflection paper is to provide recommendations for the evaluation of the cardiovascular safety profile of new, non-generic medicinal products that are intended for long-term treat[...]

HEAL participates in Paris conference on climate and health    env-health.org

Six months before the start of COP21, the French Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights is putting health in the spotlight through a high level conference, Climate, Health, Inequalitie[...]

LSHTM – Divestment from coal companies    env-health.org

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has become the first health research organisation in the world to sell off investments in coal companies from its £16m endowment in a bid [...]

How vulnerable are cities to climate change?    europa.eu

The European Environment Agency (EEA) published today a series of interactive maps, illustrating various climate threats European cities face as well as cities' capacity to respond to these threats. [...]

Catching waves for renewable energy production    europa.eu

The world's oceans are veritable power houses. If we could harness the forces of their waves and tides on a large scale, they could provide a considerable amount of sustainable electric power. An inn[...]

Events - Challenges of Research Targeting Children in Resource-Poor Settings and the Uptake of Results - 7 September 2015, Basel, CH    europa.eu

At this Symposium, which will be held during the 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, the participants will discuss ways to use research results to improve children's [...]

A roadmap to help Africa's cities adapt to climate change    europa.eu

Many of Africa's cities lack the skills and resources to prepare for natural disasters, which scientists expect to become more frequent due to climate change. An EU-funded project has provided practi[...]

Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete: The role of innovative, environmentally-friendly technologies in EU climate policy    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Brussels, 03 June 2015 Roundtable debate on the environmental goods agreement - promoting the EU environmental objectives through[...]

Gauging the impact of climate change on mountain water resources    europa.eu

Rising temperatures in mountain regions could have a significant impact on ecosystems, societies and economies around the world over the coming decades, according to EU-funded researchers who led a l[...]

Report - Conclusion of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the joint fulfilment of commitments thereunder - A8-0167/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Chan[...]

Report - Agreement concerning Iceland's participation in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - A8-0166/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on the one part, and Iceland, on th[...]

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The impact of biofuels on transport and the environment, and their connection with agricultural development in Europe[...]

Sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation    europa.eu

For all stakeholders - e.g. policymakers, cities, businesses - relevant and timely information is essential for developing and implementing strategies and measures to adapt to climate change. A new r[...]

Citizens call for end of coal as support for Germany's climate plans grows    env-health.org

On 25 April citizens formed a human chain along an open pit mine in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, to call for the shift away from coal and a just energy transition. HEAL supports ambition German g[...]

HEAL on the road to COP21    env-health.org

As momentum is gathering for the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, HEAL is engaging the health community to put pressure on governments ahead of this important milestone. Wit[...]

IEW – The black book of fossil fuel energy    env-health.org

At a time when fossil fuels largely dominate our global energy provisions and our society are confronted with the challenge of an energy transition, Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW) has published a[...]

Ozone pollution in Europe: fewer alert days but concentrations still high    europa.eu

Air pollution by ground-level ozone continued to affect many countries across Europe during summer 2014, according to a new briefing published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Almost all rep[...]

WHO: Climate change inaction will cost lives    epha.org

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 Cli[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on the chemical structure and properties criteria to be considered for the evaluation of new active substance (NAS) status of chemical substances, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This reflection paper is intended to reflect the current experience of the Quality Working Party (QWP), of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) and the Co-ordination Group for Mu[...]

Research Headlines - Leveraging weather forecasts to fight malaria    europa.eu

EU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early [...]

Time running out to reduce climate change threats to health    who.int

Heat waves and other extreme weather events, together with changes in the distribution of vector-borne diseases and allergic disorders, are some of the climate change-related challenges affecting cou[...]

Report - Monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport and amendment of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 - A8-0122/2015 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

RECOMMENDATION FOR SECOND READING on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the monitoring, reporting and v[...]

Research Headlines - Recycled water makes a splash    europa.eu

Donated organs are a rare and precious gift - but, unfortunately, some can't actually be used because they don't offer much hope of a successful transplant. An EU-funded research project focusing on [...]

LIFE and climate change mitigation - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

LIFE and climate change mitigation[...]

Recycled water makes a splash    europa.eu

Where water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid reg[...]

New report on benefits of more ambitious climate action include health and jobs    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes a new report elaborated by the New Climate Institute with support from Climate Action Network (CAN), assessing the co-benefits of more ambitious climate action, which means better healt[...]

Sea change in shipping: natural gas to make engines more eco-friendly    europa.eu

At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship's engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon di[...]

Environment: Commission takes the United Kingdom to Court over power plant emissions    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 March 2015 The European Commission has referred the United Kingdom to Court due to the absence of a reduction in emissions by the Aberthaw coal-fired [...]

Scientific guideline: Draft reflection paper on poorly extractable and or non-radiolabelled substances, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Some of the active substances used in veterinary medicines have the propensity to strongly adsorb to environmental matrices.[...]

Speech by Commissioner Arias Cañete: A "Renewable" Energy Union    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Speech Brussels, 17 March 2015 Dear State Secretary Spiridonovs, President Buzek, Minister Marghem, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentle[...]

Initiativ Lieuwensufank - Climate change discussed at recent executive board of the World Health Assembly    env-health.org

IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network is a member of HEAL through the Luxembourg IBFAN group Initiativ Liewensufank. As IBFAN has observer status with the WHO, it attended with several de[...]

His Royal Highness speaks out on the health benefits of climate action    env-health.org

A joint event to discuss health sector engagement in the run up to the UN climate negotiations in Paris, involved His Royal Highness Prince Charles' International Sustainability Unit and the WHO, hos[...]

Geneva climate talks end with draft global agreement    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes the inclusion of health in a new draft version of the global climate agreement, adopted by delegates from almost 200 countries. The new draft text which is due to be finalised at UNFCCC[...]

Kolkata Call to Action: World's public health leaders advocate for an end to coal    env-health.org

HEAL welcomes the Kolkata Call to Action released at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in India. The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), bringing together over 100 associat[...]

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