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Strengthening the role of health in climate policy

This month European Parliamentarians voted in favour of strengthening health protection within EU climate adaptation policy, have both been welcomed by many in the public health and medical community.

Parliamentarians voted in favour of strengthening health protection in EU climate adaptation policy and acknowledged the possible benefits to health of adaptation measures. The parliament’s report - a response to European Commission’s proposal for climate adaptation in the EU - contains a chapter on ‘Health and social policies’, and highlights the range of climate-related health impacts ( e.g. on respiratory health).

Whilst not leading to binding legislation, the Parliament’s health friendly position on climate policy has been welcomed by HEAL and our members and partners from across the European medical, health care and research community. The move highlights a growing awareness amongst policy-makers of the numerous impacts to health from climate change and the need to properly equip the healthcare sector to enable it to respond to the effects of climate change.

For more information about HEAL’s action on climate change and health please visit our climate page.



Written on 20 May 2010.

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