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Critical complexity in environmental health practice: simplify and complexify

Hans Keune 0 0 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Brussels; Centre of Expertise for Environment and Health, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Antwerp; naXys

An expert assessment on climate change and health – with a European focus on lungs and allergies

Background For almost 20 years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been assessing the potential health risks associated with climate change; with increasingly convincing evidence that climate change presents existing impacts on human health. In industrialized countries climate change may further affect public health and in particular respiratory health, through...

The challenge of social networking in the field of environment and health

Background The fields of environment and health are both interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary, and until recently had little engagement in social networking designed to cross disciplinary boundaries. The EU FP6 project HENVINET aimed to establish integrated social network and networking facilities for multiple stakeholders in environment and health. The underlying assumption...

A healthy turn in urban climate change policies; European city workshop proposes health indicators as policy integrators

Background The EU FP6 HENVINET project reviewed the potential relevance of a focus on climate change related health effects for climate change policies at the city region level. This was undertaken by means of a workshop with both scientists, city representatives from several EU-countries, representatives of EU city networks and EU-experts. In this paper we introduce some...

The Health and Environment Network and its achievements

Alena Bartonova 0 Janna G Koppe Aleksandra Fucic Arno C Gutleb Peter van den Hazel Hans Keune 0 NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research , Kjeller , Norway In the HENVINET project, the four

Risk communication and human biomonitoring: which practical lessons from the Belgian experience are of use for the EU perspective?

Background In order to investigate and monitor environmental health in Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium), the Flemish government funded the Centre of Expertise for Environment and Health, which started a human biomonitoring campaign in 2001. In addition to environmental health experts measuring environmental pollutants and health effects in human beings, social...

Policy relevant results from an expert elicitation on the health risks of phthalates

von Krauss Albertinka J Murk Erik Ropstad Janneche Utne Skaare Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen Jan Ludvig Lyche Janna G Koppe Brooke L Magnanti Aileen Yang Alena Bartonova Hans Keune 0 Department of Basic

Policy relevant Results from an Expert Elicitation on the Human Health Risks of Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)

Aim Apply a recently developed expert elicitation procedure to evaluate the state of the current knowledge of the two brominated flame retardants (BFRs) most commonly used today; decabromo-diphenyl ether (decaBDE) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and their potential impact on human health in order to support policy considerations. This expert elicitation was organized by the...

Chlorpyrifos and neurodevelopmental effects: a literature review and expert elicitation on research and policy

Background Organophosphate pesticides are widely used on food crops grown in the EU. While they have been banned from indoor use in the US for a decade due to adverse health effects, they are still the most prevalent pesticides in the EU, with Chlorpyrifos (CPF) being the most commonly applied. It has been suggested CPF affects neurodevelopment even at levels below toxicity...

We’re only in it for the knowledge? A problem solving turn in environment and health expert elicitation

Background The FP6 EU HENVINET project aimed at synthesizing the scientific information available on a number of topics of high relevance to policy makers in environment and health. The goal of the current paper is to reflect on the methodology that was used in the project, in view of exploring the usefulness of this and similar methodologies to the policy process. The topics...

Opening the research agenda for selection of hot spots for human biomonitoring research in Belgium: a participatory research project

Hans Keune 0 Bert Morrens 0 Kim Croes Ann Colles Gudrun Koppen Johan Springael Ilse Loots 0 Karen Van Campenhout Hana Chovanova Greet Schoeters Vera Nelen Willy Baeyens Nik Van Larebeke 0 Faculty of