Climate Change and Health
Following discussion by the Biosciences Steering panel in 2016 and agreement by Council in 2017, a project has been initiated to examine the range of issues for climate change and human health, to discuss with European policy-makers and other stakeholders. It is intended both to clarify how to resolve current uncertainties in the evidence base and how to implement knowledge in a supportive EU health policy framework that also ensures integration of strategy across all relevant sectors.
The EASAC Working Group comprises:
- Volker ter Meulen (Germany, co-chair)
- Andy Haines (UK, co-chair)
- Regula Gehrig (Switzerland)
- Patrick Goodman (Ireland)
- Roy Harrison (UK)
- Markku Kulmala (Finland)
- Zbigniew Kundzewicz (Poland)
- Blaholsav Marsalek (Czech Republic)
- Maria Nilsson (Sweden)
- Martin Roosli (Switzerland)
- Filipe Duarte Santos (Portugal)
- Sebastian Vollmer (Germany)
- Jaap van Dissel (The Netherlands)
- Robin Fears (EASAC project secretariat)
- Nina Hobbhahn (EASAC project secretariat)
EASAC welcomes contributions of written evidence to this project: please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions will be particularly welcome if received before 31 July 2018. We are particularly interested in answering the following questions relating to climate change:
- What are the major health effects?
- Who is vulnerable and where do they live?
- Are there tipping points beyond which major and perhaps catastrophic effects could occur?
- Over what time period will major effects take place?
- How will development pathways modify effects?
- What are the main adaptation and mitigation EU policy options (and their combination) to safeguard health? Which policies increase resilience? What are the trade-offs and synergies?
- What are the most important health benefits of mitigation strategies in the key sectors (e.g. energy, housing, urban planning, food and agriculture)? Might there be unintended adverse consequences?
- What are the wider economic and development consequences?
- What are the barriers to implementation of EU policy options and how can they be overcome?