Climate Change

What is 4CHealth ? 

The CVV has assembled an interdisciplinary research project, entitled “4CHealth” to investigate the communication of climate change and health among scientists, policymakers, and the public. The project consists of three separate reviews aimed at analyzing current knowledge, gaps in understanding, and communication between the three groups of critical involved parties in the climate change debate. This umbrella project includes systematic reviews of scientific literature on climate change and health as well as the co-benefits of climate change adaptation, an analysis of legislation, and a review of the treatment of climate change and health in the media. This work promotes the CVV’s active role in translating scientific knowledge to real-world change, a central goal of public health. Thus, the results of “4CHealth” will be useful for groups with specific interests such as scientists, decision makers and media communicators as well as the general public.



What does the science say ?

The scientific axis of the project “4CHealth” aims to provide a mapping of existing scientific literature in the area of climate change and health by building a database of relevant scientific articles, providing a better understanding of the gaps in this area of research and giving recommendations for future research projects.

What does the legislation say ? 

A long term and broad overview of how health is represented in the legislation on climate change is missing in the legislative literature. To provide an overview of this issue, the legislation axis of the project “4CHealth” analyzes the Global Climate Legislation Database provided by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, a tool offering relevant information about the state of climate related policies. The 829 identified policies are systematically analyzed to identify how health is represented as a relevant aspect of climate change legislation. We are conducting explorative research of national and supranational legislations and anticipate health to be addressed in various forms. The goal is to highlight how often, in what specific terms, which aspects of health or health risks of climate change are mentioned in various legislations.

What does the media say ? 

The communicaton axis of the 4CHealth project aims to assess the modalities of newspapers’ rhétoric on the effects of climate change on human health. As “media representations are an important factor in public understanding and engagement with climate science” (Boykoff 2008) this research will contribute to the 4CHealth project  by provinding tools to better comprehend the connections between the scientific litterature and its impact on the public and the politics through the media. Articles that were published after the first IPCC report in 1990 referencing “climate change” and “health” will be identified in newspapers (Le Monde at first, the search will be later extented to other newspapers). The articles will be classified and organized in a searchable database referencing data allowing quantitative and qualitative analyses.


Who are the 4CHealth partners ? 

This project is a collaboration with the Institute of Public Health and the Institute of Political Sciences of the University of Heidelberg. It is also part of the interdisciplinary programme “Politics of the Earth” initiated by Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.


Meet the team

Shukrullah Ahmadi, Avner Bar-Hen, Anneliese Depoux, Helen Fischer, Antoine Flahault, Mathieu Hemono, Niamh Herlihy, Lea De Jong, Aïssatou Kourouma, Corinne Kowalski, Rainer Sauerborn, Stefanie Schütte, Sophie Puig-Malet, Jale Tosun, Glenn Verner, Patrick Zylberman.


Discover our events and publications

DAAD scientific workshop, Changement climatique, santé et communication, « Comment sensibiliser la population ? », Hôtel-Dieu, AP-HP, Paris, September 10, 2015.

In cooperation with the Institute of Public Health (University of Heidelberg) and with the financial support of the German academic exchange service (DAAD) the Centre Virchow-Villermé organised a workshop on the topic: “Climate Change and Health – how to raise awareness among the public?”The workshop gathered people from various background and different disciplines such as environmental and political sciences, communication sciences, global health, etc.
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COP21 side event, “Healthy Lives on a Healthy Planet – What is next for research and policy ?, Espace Générations Climat, le Bourget (Paris), December 11, 2016.

High-profile institutions such as the Lancet and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have repeatedly provided warnings to many consequences of climate change for human health and the health benefits of moving to a low carbon economy, yet this topic remains unfamiliar. The  Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (University Sorbonne Paris Cité, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin ) together with The University of Geneva, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Heidelberg, the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, and The Lancet, have organised this meeting to raise awareness of both the health impacts of climate change and the health co-benefits of decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting also define the agenda for research and policy in the future.

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Scientific conference, Climate Change Health & Migration. Französische Botschaft, Berlin, June 10, 2016.

In the years to come, migration dynamics will change as a consequence of climate change. Natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and the rising sea level already threaten food (stability) security in some regions of the world and are a major influence in spreading vector-borne diseases. This conference unites scientists and experts to better understand the health issues of climate migration, through a transdisciplinary approach. The series of presentations and panel discussions will cover different aspects on the topic and help define research priorities in Global Health for the future.

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