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This briefing sets out why the scale of the air pollution problem in the UK requires a bolder and more holistic approach, which involves moving away from diesel vehicles (in favour of petrol and, ultimately, hybrid and electric alternatives), as well as a shift from private car ownership to car sharing schemes, public transport, walking and cycling. Not only could these shifts save thousands of lives, they could also drive improvements in two of the government’s other transport objectives: a reduction in congestion, and a reduction in road-based CO2 emissions.

New MSc in Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing

By Robert Lyons on 21st June 2017
Found in: Calls

Applications are invited for this new course delivered by e-learning from the University of Central Lancashire recruiting now for a September start. This course has been directly tailored to address the urgent need to confront sustainability issues related to health, wellbeing and healthcare provision. Delivery is via e-learning with live interactive sessions, so that study can be undertaken entirely from home.

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This report by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) presents both evidence and recommendations for European policy development on sustainable healthy diets. Starting with an overview of the health and environmental consequences of dietary habits, the report moves on to present an analysis of individual and societal costs and benefits of implementing sustainable healthy diets, and a list of the European actors and institutions working on this issue. 

Date and Time: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 17:00 to 18:45

London

Professor Frans Berkhout will deliver the Annual MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health Guest Lecture 2017. Planetary Health, defined as ‘…the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends’ seeks to integrate health and environment research and policy at a fundamental level. The talk will set out the Planetary Health concept and discuss some key challenges for research and policy which emerge.

In 2015, 5.9 million children under age five died. The major causes of child deaths globally are pneumonia, prematurity, intrapartum-related complications, neonatal sepsis, congenital anomalies, diarrhoea, injuries and malaria. Most of these diseases and conditions are at least partially caused by the environment. This new UN/WHO report summarises the impact of polluted environments on child health.

A new study published in the journal Environment International for the first time quantifies the global impact by combining data about air pollution in different countries with knowledge about how exposure to different levels of air pollution is associated with preterm birth rates.

Smart Sustainable Cities 2017 – Viable Solutions

By Robert Lyons on 14th March 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 09:00 to 18:30

Utrecht

A new report by the World Health Organization summarises evidence on the beneficial effects of urban green spaces, including improved mental health, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as improved pregnancy outcomes.  It identifies urban green space indicators which are suitable for wide-scale application in the European Region and proposes an indicator definition and data analysis tool kit for universal use.  This measures accessibility of green spaces of defined minimum sizes suitable for physical activity and mental relaxation. 

The aim of the three-year cycle BOOM project, funded by the EPSRC under the UK Research Council’s Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme, was to develop a better understanding of how the design of the built environment and technology shapes engagement with, and experience of cycling as people get older and how this affects their independent mobility, health and wellbeing.

Date and Time: 
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 09:30 to 18:00

11 November 2016, 09.30 - 18.00, Barking, London

Barking Riverside is one of the most ambitious and important new developments in the UK and an NHS England designated Healthy New Towns demonstrator site. We aim to design and deliver interventions which increase healthy life expectancy, reduce health inequalities, and support inclusion and healthy ageing for all those living and working in the locality.

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