This thematic issue explores the effects of the environment on our health and provides an essential guide for decision makers. The issue reports research which should inform robust health and environment policies and ways of evaluating their impact. The articles offer easy-to-read summaries of key studies in the field, to give a comprehensive view of the latest developments. They explore topics including: • What are the effects of climate change on public health? • Why should we be concerned about indoor air pollution? • How can we develop effective and ethical human biomonitoring programmes? Science for Environment Policy is a free news service designed to strengthen links between environmental research and policy. Environment and Health is the eighteenth in a series of special Thematic Issues which take an in-depth look at issues high on the policy agenda. It is guest-edited by Ludwine Casteleyn, MD, of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. In addition to monthly special issues, subscribers to Science for Environment Policy receive a weekly news alert by email covering a range of environmental research. All news alert articles and Thematic Issues can be viewed on the service’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm To subscribe to the service, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Subscribe SfEP’. Science for Environment Policy is published by the European Commission’s DG Environment and has 12,000 subscribers. It is edited by the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England.
Environment and Health