Integrating Health, well-being and the environment - Building a resource-efficient and circular economy in Europe
Signals 2014 – the European Environment Agency publication focuses its attention this year on the connection between environment and public health. The report argues for a clustered or silo-less approach to policy making affecting health and environment sectors. As an example, a number of major invasive species in Europe have major impacts on domestic crop yields, the farming economy and human health with instances of hay fever being multiplied by more unusual pollens.
The EEA is also seeking to promote this kind of thinking in relation to climate change and other complex problems. Sulphur and Nitrogen emission can increase acid rain, affect farming and lead to increased respiratory diseases. Scientific evidence shows that by making changes environment and well-being can be improved.
Whilst there is nothing new in promoting join up policy making, the study calls for greater efforts to be made at all levels to cluster or integrate decision makers to take decisions that benefit the long term for our environment and human health.