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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.

Green Climate Fund should exclude financing of fossil fuels    env-health.org

HEAL has signed on to a letter asking the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to exclude the financing of fossil fuels and other harmful energy projects or programs. A letter with the same request [...]

Austrian Doctors for the Environment (ISDE Austria): new work on climate and EMF    env-health.org

A team of 240 Austrian scientists has worked for 3 years to produce the first Austrian Assessment Report (AAR). This report follows the concept of the IPCC reports but focuses on climate change in Au[...]

Ten years at the helm of the European Commission: Some reflections on Europe    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission Chatham House London, 19 October 2014 Ladies and gentlemen, They say a week is a long time [...]

100 European cities sign up to action on climate change    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 October 2014 Today marks a major milestone for the European Commission's Mayors Adapt initiative, with 100 European cities now committed to take action [...]

Extreme weather driving countries to adapt to climate change    europa.eu

Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date. Extreme weather events [...]

Climate action: Reducing the carbon content of transport fuels    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 October 2014 The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive. Articl[...]

Africa climate briefing - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Africa climate briefing[...]

Working towards more accurate forecasts of future climates    europa.eu

Climate modelling is fundamental to predicting, or estimating, future trends in our planetary environment. Yet it is a science based on observations, assumptions about likely effects, and with many p[...]

Demolish, re-use, recycle and rebuild    europa.eu

Some 380 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste are generated every year and most of it ends up in landfills. Re-using and recycling components and materials is good for the environment [...]

HEAL at UN Climate Summit    env-health.org

On 22 and 23 September, HEAL joined health groups, civil society and world leaders in New York for a landmark UN Climate Summit. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to support an ambit[...]

Climate-forcing F-gases – new report published    europa.eu

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are emitted into the atmosphere in relatively small quantities, but their effect on climate change is increasingly significant. These substances are very powerful greenhou[...]

Positive messages are vital - but not enough    env-health.org

Positive messages are vital - but not enough says HEAL's Génon K. Jensen. One of the consequences of climate change is the negative impact on the health of people. Jensen advocates to move away from [...]

Speech by President Barroso at the Climate Summit 2014    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission National Action and Ambition Announcements plenary United Nations, New York, 23 September 2[...]

Climate action co-benefits discussed at global summit in New York    who.int

Today in New York, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a global UN Climate Summit. The Summit aims to bring together heads of state and government with leaders from busin[...]

Anthropology meets climate science in the Pacific    europa.eu

Europe is the second-biggest aid donor to the Pacific Island nations, but understanding of the islands themselves - their people and needs - has been limited in Europe. The EU-funded ECOPAS project i[...]

Maximising air quality data to better forecast climate change    europa.eu

Climate forecasts depend in particular on precise information - not only to estimate how living conditions on Earth may change, but also how humanity will have to adapt to these changes. A European U[...]

Europe successfully phasing out known ozone layer-harming chemicals    europa.eu

Chemicals which damage the ozone layer continue to be phased out in the European Union, according to the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA).[...]

EFSA consults on guidance to predict pesticide concentrations in soil    europa.eu

Published on: 10 July 2014 EFSA consults on guidance to predict pesticide concentrations in soil[...]

Environment: Commission takes Spain to Court over non-compliant landfills and high-speed rail link    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission is taking Spain to Court for two (unrelated) breaches of environment legislation. The first concerns poor waste manage[...]

Commission takes Portugal to Court over waste water treatment    europa.eu

European Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 Commission The European Commission is taking Portugal to Court for its failure to ensure that waste water from small agglomerations is properly treated. [...]

Tackling air pollution, climate change and chemicals: European environmental priorities to protect health    who.int

Air pollution, climate change and chemicals pose key environmental risks to people's health that require political action in the European Region, according to members of the European Environment and [...]

Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the[...]

Climate action: Commission uses polluters' revenues to fund clean energy projects across Europe    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 July 2014 The European Commission today awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 [...]

EU Court of Auditors slams EU CAP wine promotion budget as waste of taxpayers money    epha.org

1 July, 2014 - A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment and promotion measures specific to the wine sector is not justified. The sector[...]

Video of a committee meeting - Monday, 7 July 2014 - 15:40 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

Length of video : 43' You may manually download this video in WMV (507Mb) format Disclaimer : The interpretation of debates serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic rec[...]

CORDIS Express: EU-research supports waste targets    europa.eu

Earlier this week, the Commission adopted new 2030 waste targets that aim to boost recycling and help drive Europe's transition towards a 'circular economy'. Under our current model, valuable materia[...]

Success Stories - Researchers study the effects of air pollution on European ecosystems    europa.eu

Rising air pollution has been a concern for governments, business and environment campaigners for some time. Until very recently, little attention was given to the accelerator effects of climate chan[...]

Why is the EU wasting tax payers’ money in wine subsidies?    eurocare.org

The EU needs to reflect on its wine subsidies and stop wasting tax payers' money For years public health organisations have questioned the use of Common Agricultural Policy money for the promotion of[...]

Speaking points by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik on Circular Economy    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment Press conference on Circular Economy and Green Employment Initiative Brussels, 2 July 2014 Good after[...]

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication "Towards a Circular Economy" and the Waste Targets Review    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 July 2014 What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains [...]

Environment: Higher recycling targets to drive transition to a Circular Economy with new jobs and sustainable growth    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 July 2014 Today the Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States. Achieving the new [...]

EU wasting tax payers money in wine subsidies?    eurocare.org

For years Eurocare has questioned the use do CAP money for the promotion of wine and especially funding of the Wine in Moderation and similar programmes.[...]

Climate change: possible implications for food safety?    eufic.org

There is a growing consensus that human activities may be changing our planet's climate. These changes in climate have a number of possible implications for human health and welfare, one of which cou[...]

Health, environment and agriculture sectors must tackle antibiotic resistance together    who.int

Health ministers and senior officials from 20 countries around the world called for intensified political action to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which threatens the prevention and treatment[...]

Health, environment and agriculture sectors must tackle antibiotic resistance together    who.int

Health ministers and senior officials from 20 countries around the world called for intensified political action to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which threatens the prevention and treatment[...]

Info Session on Applications – Pesticides – Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on “EFSA Guidance documents on protected crops and soil degradation rate”    europa.eu

Published on: Info Session on Applications - Pesticides - Technical Meeting with Stakeholders on [...]

Air pollution still harming Europe's ecosystems, despite reduced emissions    europa.eu

Emissions of nitrogen-containing pollutants continue to harm sensitive ecosystems, according to two new reports published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Nonetheless, both reports sho[...]

Environment: 80 per cent of Europeans want their country to waste less    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 June 2014 According to a new survey, most European citizens think their own country is generating too much waste. The survey on the [...]

European Commission welcomes Outcome of first ever UN Environment Assembly    europa.eu

Press release Brussels, 30 June 2014 European Commission The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), hosted by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) last week con[...]

Research Headlines - Mapping greenhouse emissions to prevent climate change    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have used advanced modelling and geo-spatial information to compile more accurate greenhouse gas inventories for Poland and Ukraine. The approach could substantially improve the[...]

Environment: €239 million available in 2014 for project proposals    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 June 2014 The European Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the LIFE funding programme for projects dedicated to environment. The [...]

Success Stories - Developing state-of-the art technology to manage industrial pollution    europa.eu

Large-scale industrial pollution of soil and groundwater is a well-known problem. Cleaning that pollution is far from easy because site managers may often have little knowledge of how the pollutant i[...]

Environment: Ljubljana European Green Capital 2016    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 June 2014 The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, has won the European Green Capital Award for 2016. The award was presented this afternoon by EU Environmen[...]

"Science 2.0: Europe can lead the next scientific transformation"    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) Keynote Speech Copenhagen, 24 June 2014 Min[...]

Environment: Commission asks citizens about Europe's drinking water    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 June 2014 The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on EU drinking water policy, to see where improvements could be made. The con[...]

CORDIS Express: Research in the Arctic and Antarctic    europa.eu

The Western Antarctica ice sheet is collapsing. And the process is now unstoppable, according to researchers from NASA and the University of Washington. This could mean a staggering four-metre sea le[...]

Medicines and the Environment - Study on the risks of environmental effects of medicinal products    europa.eu

The study on the risks of environmental effects of medicinal products has been financed by the Commission and carried out by an external contractor (BIO Intelligence Service). Its objectives are to c[...]

EFSA assesses the risk from Salmonella and norovirus in berries    europa.eu

Published on: 18 June 2014 Rainfall, the use of contaminated water for irrigation or for applying pesticides, and contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of berries with[...]

Climate: €44 million available under first call for climate action projects    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 June 2014 The European Commission today launched the first call for proposals under a new funding programme for projects dedicated to climate action. Th[...]

Nurturing social innovation to reduce food waste    europa.eu

Innovation for more sustainable food systems is not just about improving food technology and communication activities. Social innovation also has a powerful role to play, according to Sophie Easteal [...]

Preparation Environment Council, 12 June 2014    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 June 2014 The second formal Environment Council under the Greek Presidency will be held in Luxembourg on 12 June. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, Commis[...]

Environment: Commission launches new platform to help resolve social conflicts over large carnivores    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 June 2014 Europe's brown bear, wolf, wolverine, lynx - at least one of these species can now be found in 21 EU Member States. After a lengthy period of [...]

CORDIS Express: Historic week in the fight against climate change    europa.eu

The past week was a busy one for environmental policy. In a matter of days, the world celebrated the [...]

Statement by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik on the World Environment Day    europa.eu

European Commission Brussels, 5 June 2014 Statement Today is World Environment Day. Time to celebrate the joys the nature of our beautiful planet gives us, but also time to reflect about what's happe[...]

WEB ACCESSIBILITY: NO MORE TIME TO WASTE! IF NOT NOW, WHEN?    edf-feph.org

This Friday 6 of June the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council will meet and discuss the state of play of the Web Directive. Unfortunately, during the last two presidencies of the EU, the[...]

“Know your air for health” to mark World Environment Day    epha.org

Brussels, 5th June 2014 - On the occasion of World Environment Day, EPHA puts the spotlights on the [...]

EU to set out major contribution to more ambitious global climate action at Bonn conference    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 4 June 2014 The European Union will set out its contribution to raising the ambition of international climate action up to 2020 during UN climate change ne[...]

Statement by Connie Hedegaard on the United States Clean Power Plan announcement    europa.eu

European Commission Brussels, 2 June 2014 Statement Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by [...]

Success Stories - Using moss to measure air pollution    europa.eu

European countries have been required to check environmental air quality and measure any airborne pollutants that could endanger human health since 1996. Yet for many governmental and scientific inst[...]

Environment: It's the Ecology, Stupid    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 2 June 2014 Europe's largest environment conference - Green Week - will wade into the economic debate this year. Under the banner [...]

‘Know your air for health’ website    efanet.org

EFA and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) have launched a website to sheds light on how air pollution is implicated in the development and rise of asthma, and provides tips on reducing expos[...]

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says    oecd.org

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit veh[...]

Climate action: Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 May 2014 Trucks, buses and coaches would use less fuel and emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) under a strategy adopted by the European Commissio[...]

Pesticide residue adherence rates above 97% for third consecutive year    europa.eu

Published on: 20 May 2014 Over 97% of samples tested in the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in food contain residue levels that fall within permissible limits, says the European[...]

Infographic: How Europe monitors pesticide residues in food    europa.eu

Published on: 20 May 2014 EFSA presents the fifth EU annual report on pesticide residues in food for 2011. This infographic highlights how EFSA and Member States work together to monitor residues of [...]

Biomarker test for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy could help reduce death after giving birth    escardio.org

Cardiologists have discovered biomarkers that can be used to develop a screening test to detect Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a life-threatening disorder that is the primary cause of mortality in[...]

Environment: Impact assessment of projects now simplified    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 May 2014 New legislation simplifying the rules for assessing the potential effects of projects on the environment enters into force today. The newly ame[...]

Prioritise climate, environment, agree both sides of the Mediterranean    europa.eu

European Commission Statement Brussels, 13 May 2014 Ministers attending the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) meeting in Athens today issued a Declaration of their commitment to tackle the growing cl[...]

Reducing pollution in the southern Mediterranean    europa.eu

Countries bordering the south and east of the Mediterranean need to continually improve many aspects of environmental management to reduce pollution in the sea, according to a new assessment.[...]

CORDIS Express: EU research addresses air pollution    europa.eu

Poor air quality is a major health risk, causing lung diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. Air pollution also impacts the environment, affecting the quality of fresh water, soil, and ecosys[...]

Pesticides: EFSA presents new guidance to measure soil degradation rates    europa.eu

Published on: 8 May 2014 EFSA has published new guidance that enables scientists to carry out a specialised aspect of environmental exposure assessment for pesticides. The guidance document provides [...]

Air pollution: one of the largest risks to health worldwide    europa.eu

Air quality in most cities worldwide fails to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for safe levels. And the problem of air pollution is only increasing. In fact, according to WHO, indoor a[...]

Let's clean up Europe!    europa.eu

Volunteers across Europe will pick up litter on Saturday 10 May, as part of a coordinated EU Clean Up Day. The event is particularly timely, as there are growing concerns that rubbish polluting Europ[...]

A new technology to track down air pollutant effects    europa.eu

Did you ever see pollution level indicators displayed in big European cities? The EXPOSOMICS project is looking to make them obsolete. Not only will their technology determine the exact impact of pol[...]

Speech: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation – the role of Innovation    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Speech: IPCC - Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Key messages fro[...]

Press Release: World Asthma Day 2014    efanet.org

Improving air quality can limit the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems in children and adults, say HEAL/EFA on the launch of the “ Know your air for health ” website today. Information [...]

Light-sensitive buildings to reduce air pollution.    europa.eu

Improving air quality is a major challenge facing all European countries, both in order to combat climate change as well as to minimise the direct effects of breathing polluted air on human health.[...]

Soil contamination widespread in Europe    europa.eu

There are an estimated 340 000 contaminated pieces of land in Europe, most of which are yet to be identified, according to a new Europe-wide assessment.[...]

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