Climate change is worsening floods, droughts and is reducing water quality, posing an increasing threat to our health, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Fast-tracking implementation and better coordination of efforts by governments, water authorities and healthcare providers are urgently needed to prevent and reduce health impacts. The EEA report ‘Responding to […]

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Climate change is increasing our exposure to fluvial flooding in Scotland. Physical and mental health are negatively impacted by flooding, with the greatest health impacts in the UK and Scotland on mental health. This CREW (Centre of Expertise for Waters) Policy Brief reviews the literature on the public health impacts of fluvial flooding, including physical and […]

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Interesting article that considers deterioration of ageing pipes, the position of World Health Organisation and research in the UK and across the world. Hundreds of thousands of miles of pipes made from asbestos cement deliver drinking water to people around the world, but are reaching the end of their lifespan and starting to degrade. Scientists […]

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The National Engineering Policy Centre has initiated a new project considering engineering interventions to mitigate the public health risks posed by wastewater pollution of rivers, in-land and coastal waters across the UK. Recreational users of natural bodies of water – including rivers, in-land and coastal waters – are potentially at risk from pollution caused by […]

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Children with more green space near their homes have significantly stronger bones, a study has found, potentially leading to lifelong health benefits. Scientists found that the children living in places with 20-25% more natural areas had increased bone strength that was equivalent to half a year’s natural growth. The study, the first of its kind, […]

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A new study published in British Medical Journal suggests floods are linked to increased deaths from heart and lung disease. It argues that governments must protect people for weeks after a flooding event, citing reduced access to health services and increased exposure to pathogens. Researchers looked at flood events in multiple countries and found mortality […]

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Targeted green prescribing could save over £635 million per year Wildlife Trusts programmes help tackle anxiety, depression and social isolation “Nature is an essential part of health and social care” –The Wildlife Trust Nature-based health and wellbeing programmes could save hundreds of millions of pounds each year and reduce society’s reliance on the NHS, according […]

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