Over half of known human pathogenic diseases can be aggravated by climate change

A recent study published by Nature Climate Change (1) found that 58% of infectious diseases confronted by humanity worldwide have been at some point aggravated by climatic hazards. Ongoing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are intensifying numerous climatic hazards of the Earth’s climate system, which in turn can exacerbate human pathogenic diseases. On the one hand,…

Guidelines for Planning Healthy Cities

The Spanish Ministry of Health has published «Guidelines for Planning Healthy Cities». This document intends to serve as a tool to help people involved in the planning of urban environments at the local level. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines, which can be adapted to any situation, aiming to reduce health inequities. The document includes three lines…

Access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is now a universal human right

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, on Thursday 28 July 2022, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. This declaration will change the very nature of the international human rights law. The text recognizes that the impact of climate change, the unsustainable management and use of natural…

Real-time data on Air Quality Index

The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge publishes the National Air Quality Index  (ICA), which provides real-time, easy-to-understand data on the quality of air measured by the monitoring stations from the national surveillance network. The index also provides health-based recommendations for the general population and sensitive populations and allows you to track…

Launch of the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risk from Chemicals (PARC)

Born with the mission of moving towards a new generation of chemical risk assessment methods in order to protect the health and the environment. The European Partnership for the Assessment of Risk from Chemicals (PARC) started on May 2022 aiming to advance research, share knowledge and improve skills in chemical risk assessment in order to…

New publication includes more than 500 000 new records of vectors that carry and transmit infectious diseases to humans

The journal Gigabyte (1), with support from the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (2), hosted at the World Health Organization, has published a special series of 11 articles, representing the work of authors from 31 countries and territories, which describe datasets on vectors of human vector-borne diseases. Specifically, the special series…