Until today the topics environment and health are often looked upon in different and separate projects. This does not reflect the reality. Every impact on the environment has consequently an impact on the health of humans and also animals. The health of the human population worldwide is extremely endangered by the impact of the environmental pollution. Governments as well as people worldwide do not acknowledge this fact adequately.
The research field environmental health has been created by the World Health Organization in 1999. Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.
The utmost importance of intensifying the research on environmental health issues has been demonstrated and proofed in a drastic / dramatic way by the outbreak and duration on the Corona pandemic which holds the world/earth in a kind of stranglehold for more than a year.
During the previous EnviroInfo conferences, since 2016 the Environmental Health Informatics session has been successfully performed. This year we put the emphasis on the environmental causes and impact of the Corona pandemic.
Much attention is put now on the health side of the pandemic in designing vaccines and cures which treat the effect and not the original cause. Then environmental impacts of the pandemic are looked upon. These are pragmatic and straight forward approaches which are essential in the current situation.
However, for coping with and preventing zoonotic diseases like Covid 19, the environmental causes should be focused and lessons taken out of the findings. We know diseases passed from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) are on the rise, as the world continues to see unprecedented destruction of wild habitats by human activity.
The same human activities that drive climate change and biodiversity loss also drive pandemic risk through their impacts on our environment. Changes in the way we use land; the expansion and intensification of agriculture; and unsustainable trade, production and consumption disrupt nature and increase contact between wildlife, livestock, pathogens and people.
These subjects have to be addressed in combination with modelling, databases, information systems, evaluation aspects, and statistics in order to respect the assessment and control factor of environmental health.
Session Topics might be:
- Environmental causes of the pandemic, e.g. transformatic changes, wildlife losses, biodiversity losses
- Climate crisis and pandemics (Interactions, Connections, etc.!?)
- Environmental impacts of Covid 19
- Air pollution, sound pollution, noise level (cause and decline)
- environmental degradation (e.g. wastes, NO2, O3)
- Climate / metrological factors, Climate modeling
- Detection of the Covid 19 virus in wastewater (monitoring)
- Electricity demand, renewable energy sector
- Relevance of Environmental chemisty
Dr. Kristina Voigt, 97, Rt. de Luxembourg, L – 6562 Echternach, Luxembourg
Dr. Margaret MacDonell, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
Please contact the organizer in case you are not sure whether your working topic is of interest for this special track!
Depending on your aims considering the publication of your work, we invite you to send us your abstracts or full papers according to the WebPage.
Important rules for submissions and dates can be found here.