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HEAL speaks to Parliamentarians about health impacts of climate change

On 6 November HEAL Executive Director Genon K. Jensen spoke about the climate impacts on health at a European Parliament event hosted by CAN Europe, Globe EU and Climate Parliament.

The event chaired by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, President of the GLOBE EU and MEP Graham Watson MEP, Chair of the Climate Parliament focused on climate impacts in Europe within different sectors including health, food security and European security.

Genon focused on the climate change impacts on health in Europe including problems such as heat wave intensity and frequency, flooding leading to stress, trauma, injury and death, threats to water quality and higher temperatures exacerbate bad air quality.

The co-benefits of a 30% target by 2020 was then highlighted looking at the respiratory, cardiovascular diseases benefits from strong climate targets. The earlier the action is taken, the bigger are the immediate and medium-term benefits for health. Anticipated health savings estimated at up to 30.5 billion Euros per year.


Originally posted on 27 November 2013

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