Climate change

The global climate is changing. This affects human health, well-being and life on earth. In the near future it will lead to an amplification of current health problems, as well as new risks and pressures for the environment and the social and economic determinants of health. In the WHO European Region, health effects have already been observed from more frequent and intense extreme weather events as well as changes in the the geographic range of some infectious disease vectors. WHO/Europe works to identify policy options to help prevent, prepare for and respond to the health effects of climate change, and supports its Member States in selecting and implementing the most suitable policies, measures and strategies.

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World Environment Day: health is intrinsically linked to the environment

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day – “Connecting people to nature” – implores citizens of the world to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and importance, and to protect the Earth that we share. On this day, celebrated every 5 June since 1972, WHO reminds decision-makers and citizens that health is intrinsically linked to the environment.

World Health Day 2014

Protect yourself from diseases carried by vectors

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Health in mitigation and adaptation policies

Comprehensive long-term strategies for minimizing the risks associated with climate change require the combination of planned adaptation and mitigation of climate change. WHO/Europe promotes policies that integrate health in mitigation and adaptation interventions.

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Data and statistics

Floods in the European Region affected 3.4 million people and killed more than 1000 between 2000 and 2011. Projected climate-related increases in precipitation are likely to make floods more frequent and severe.

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