About: health and environment

Development Policy 22-09-2014

Study: Education and health spending compromised by climate change

Impoverished states have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests.
Health 26-06-2009

EU cancer ‘partnership’ to focus on prevention

A 'European Partnership for Action against Cancer' to be launched this autumn will aim to screen 100% of the population for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer by 2013, the European Commission announced.
Development Policy 09-10-2008

Report lists ‘deadly dozen’ climate change health risks

Pathogens like cholera, ebola, plague and tuberculosis could spread into new regions as a result of climate change, argue health experts, who call for closer monitoring of wild animals as the best preparatory measure.
Health 02-10-2008

Study highlights ‘massive health savings’ of stricter climate policies

The EU could save up to €25 billion every year by introducing more ambitious climate policies, according to a new study by health and environment NGOs.
Health 10-04-2008

Interview: Climate change will exacerbate health problems

As the health effects of climate change are already being observed, the EU should quickly boost its response capacity by improving early warning and surveillance of infectious diseases and establishing a sound communication system with the population, argues the World Health Organisation's Dr. Nata Menabde in an interview with EURACTIV. 
Climate change 05-02-2008

Study suggests pesticides ‘crucial’ for EU food supply

Overly stringent EU rules on pesticides will lead to a decline in European agricultural self-sufficiency resulting in ever-increasing food prices and job losses in the agri-food sector, warns a recent industry-funded study. The findings were immediately rejected by environmental activists, who derided the study as "professional scaremongering" by "lobbyists behaving like a posse of corporate cowboys."
Climate change 08-01-2008

Spanish study feeds into pesticide controversy

As the EU's pesticides package moves into the final stages of adoption, new research shows that all Spaniards are affected by at least one type of pesticide, fungicide or insecticide classified internationally as potentially harmful to human health.
Climate change 21-12-2007

Ministers press for quick progress on human biomonitoring

EU environment ministers have asked the Commission to press ahead with an EU pilot project that will test human blood for pollutants in support of environmental and health policy.

GDP ‘outdated’ as indicator of wellbeing

The Commission is working on a new tool to measure the wealth and wellbeing of countries beyond the traditional GDP. The new tool will aim to measure 'true' progress, taking environmental and social indicators into consideration.
Health 09-10-2007

Interview: The far-reaching health impacts of global warming

Climate change is not only about heatwaves and infectious diseases, says Sari Kovats from the London School of Tropical Medicine. Predicted effects on health also include respiratory diseases during winter, diarrhoea and malnutrition, she told EURACTIV in an interview ahead of Commission proposals to tackle the issue, due out next year.
Transport 19-09-2007

Noise pollution: Road traffic ‘first culprit’, survey shows

Road traffic is perceived as the most annoying source of noise pollution by residents of EU urban areas, a survey conducted in the framework of a European research project has concluded. 
Health 14-09-2007

Energy’s impact on health ‘largely neglected’

The current debate on climate change neglects a number of issues concerning energy as a major determinant of human health, argues Dr Richard Horton in a medical journal. He urges the adoption of 'safe nuclear' as a bridge between fossil fuels and renewables.
Climate change 03-08-2007

WHO relaunches controversy over children’s exposure to chemicals

In its most comprehensive study yet on the topic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need for more research on children's exposure to chemicals, arguing that it may be the origin of cancer, heart disease and chronic respiratory disease later in life. The report comes only months after the EU adopted sweeping new legislation on chemicals control, called REACH.
Health 21-06-2007

WHO: Diseases can be prevented by environment action

A World Health Organization (WHO) report presenting country-specific data argues the case for disease prevention via environmental initiatives. 
Climate change 15-06-2007

NGOs urge precautionary principle in use of nanomaterials

As lack of scientific data on nanotech's health and environmental risks impedes the development of specific legislation, NGOs call for the application of the precautionary principle. "The need for more evidence does not have to stop us from taking action now," they claim.

Biomonitoring still perceived as ‘controversial’ science

Analysis of blood, tissue, urine or hair samples to detect the presence of certain substances in the human body, known as human biomonitoring (HBM), can provide a useful link between environmental pollution and health, but the interpretation of data is still controversial, panellists agreed during a Green Week debate.
Climate change 01-06-2007

Member states accused of ‘cheating’ on bathing-water quality

The vast majority of bathing sites across the European Union came up to EU hygiene standards in 2006, reveals the Commission's annual bathing-water report released on 31 May. However, the member states' good performances may be due to their practice of withdrawing polluted sites from those subject to the Directive's standards. 

UN says more research needed on nanotech safety

Research on nanotechnologies' potential benefits is not enough, argues a United Nations report, which calls for more investment into investigating the effects of nanoparticles on human health and the environment.
Health 16-09-2005

Environment may affect health more than thought

According to professor Jacqueline McGlade from European Environment Agency, environmental exposure may play a more significant role in causing disease than previously thought.
Climate change 25-02-2005

Industry deplores MEP vote on environment and health plan

The Commission's environment and health action plan 2004-2010 has been rejected as insufficient by an overwhelming majority in Parliament. Although non-binding, the report is nonetheless creating waves.

Large-scale ozone losses expected to occur in the Arctic

After a remarkably cold winter, the first signs of ozone depletion have been observed in the Arctic. If the low temperatures persist during the coming months, large ozone losses will be highly likely this spring.

WHO adopts action plan to protect children’s health

Ministers from 52 European states, including Russia and neighbouring countries, have adopted an action plan to reduce the impact of the environment on health, in particular that of children.

One in three child deaths in Europe caused by environment, says WHO

A study by the WHO identified injuries including road traffic accidents, lead intoxication, air pollution and poor water quality supply as the biggest child killers in Europe.

Commission strives to reduce the negative health effects of pollution

The Commission has unveiled its 2004-2010 action plan to reduce illnesses linked to environmental pollution. European Greens have come out angrily against it, saying the Commission has bowed to pressure from industry.