Jon Fairburn, Professor of Sustainable Development, Staffordshire University, UK
Here are some of the biggest ongoing projects which have a wealth of data and reports covering environment, health and equity issues.
EuroHealthy is a recently completed Horizon 2020 project, which sought to develop policies that promote health equity across European metropolitan areas. Briefing notes and other publications are available on the site.
One of the outputs of the project is an online geoportal, which maps data at two levels:
– Regional level — 269 NUTS 2 regions of the 28 European Union countries
– Municipal level — 540 municipalities of ten European metropolitan areas: Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and Turin.
The Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring (IPCHEM) is an online resource provided by the EU Commission. IPCHEM is structured into four modules, according to the chemical monitoring data categorisation: Environmental monitoring, Human Bio-Monitoring, Food and Feed, Products and Indoor Air. The site also acts as a repository for any relevant project data from any project.
HB4MEU Human Biomonitoring for EU aims to coordinate and advance human biomonitoring in Europe. HBM4EU will provide better evidence of the actual exposure of citizens to chemicals and the possible health effects to support policy making. This is a 5-year project involving all EU countries.
The new Index of Multiple Deprivation for England should be out in Spring 2019 – Jon Fairburn is currently producing the air quality information for the Living Environment Domain.
Notable publications in the last year
– One of the biggest drivers for Environment and Health policy is the signing of the Declarations at Ministerial Conferences which are held every 5 years. The latest event was the Ostrava Declaration in 2017. Details of the Declaration in several languages are available on the site.
– Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer Health Impacts of All Pollution: What we know (2017)
– The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice (2018), edited by Holifield, Chakraborty and Walker, contains the insights of over 90 contributors. It presents an extensive and cutting-edge introduction to the diverse, rapidly growing body of research on pressing issues of environmental justice and injustice