In June 2020 the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors published a Scientific Opinion entitled ‘Adaptation to health effects of climate change in Europe’. This informed the implementation of the European Green Deal and highlights that climate change has consequences for human health. In particular, scientific evidence shows that the increase in heatwaves, infectious and vector borne diseases and extreme events like fires and floods are all having a detrimental effect on human health and need to be addressed urgently.
The SAPEA webinar set the scene by focusing on climate action for health, before looking at how we can use scientific evidence to integrate climate change and health into policy development across sectors. The key recommendations from the Opinion were also discussed, along with the EU Adaptation Strategy and European Climate and Health Observatory.