Tracking progress on health and climate change in Europe

Marina Romanello, Kim van Daalen, Josep Maria Antó,, Niheer Dasandi, Paul Drummond, Ian G Hamilton, Slava Jankin, Vladimir Kendrovski, Rachel Lowe, Joachim Rocklov, Oliver Schmoll, Jan C Semenza, Cathryn Tonne, Maria Nilsson

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Abstract

Left unabated, climate change will have catastrophic effects on the health of present and future generations. Such effects are already seen in Europe, through more frequent and severe extreme weather events, alterations to water and food systems, and changes in the environmental suitability for infectious diseases. As one of the largest current and historical contributors to greenhouse gases and the largest provider of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation, Europe's response is crucial, for both human health and the planet. To ensure that health and wellbeing are protected in this response it is essential to build the capacity to understand, monitor, and quantify health impacts of climate change and the health co-benefits of accelerated action. Responding to this need, the Lancet Countdown in Europe is established as a transdisciplinary research collaboration for monitoring progress on health and climate change in Europe. With the wealth of data and academic expertise available in Europe, the collaboration will develop region-specific indicators to address the main challenges and opportunities of Europe's response to climate change for health. The indicators produced by the collaboration will provide information to health and climate policy decision making, and will also contribute to the European Observatory on Climate and Health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e858-e865
Number of pages8
JournalThe Lancet Public Health
Volume6
Issue number11
Early online date23 Sept 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Lancet Countdown in Europe is a European academic collaboration that builds on the work of the global Lancet Countdown. We would like to thank the Lancet Countdown and the Wellcome Trust for their financial and technical support, without which this research collaboration would not be possible. The Lancet Countdown's work is supported by an unrestricted grant from the Wellcome Trust (grant number 209734/Z/17/Z). VK and OS are staff members of the WHO Regional Office for Europe; the authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of WHO.

Funding Information:
The Lancet Countdown in Europe is a European academic collaboration that builds on the work of the global Lancet Countdown. We would like to thank the Lancet Countdown and the Wellcome Trust for their financial and technical support, without which this research collaboration would not be possible. The Lancet Countdown's work is supported by an unrestricted grant from the Wellcome Trust (grant number 209734/Z/17/Z). VK and OS are staff members of the WHO Regional Office for Europe; the authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of WHO.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 World Health Organization

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Public health
  • Europe
  • Human health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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