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There are many threats to the health of citizens, and much that national and regional authorities can do to mitigate their eff ects. Copernicus can support public health authorities in monitoring health-related environmental phenomena and supplying information pertinent to their activities.


Air pollution is a critical factor affecting the health of EU citizens. Every year, several hundreds of thousands of premature deaths can be attributed to fine particles present in the air we breathe.


"Air pollution is bad for our health. It reduces human life expectancy by more than eight months on average and by more than two years in the most polluted cities and regions. Member States must comply with EU air quality standards quickly and reduce air pollutant emissions", said Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment.


Similarly, it is estimated that overexposure to UV radiation is a major cause of skin cancers, which increase by 5 to 7% every year in Europe. Copernicus contributes to UV forecasts that enable people to adjust their behaviour according to their personal situation.


Copernicus can also be very usefull to identify areas prone to the emergence and spread of epidemics, which greatly depend on environmental factors such as water, sanitation, food or air quality.



Screenshot from the airTEXT website - local forecast
of air quality and composition around London

(Credits: Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants)

Extract from reference map of Meliandou, Guinea.
Original area of the Ebola crisis in 2014.

(Credits: Copernicus EMS)



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