Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century, according to the World Health Organization. At the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on 31 October through 12 November, there will be an unparalleled focus on health in relation to climate change. The RIVM Magazine special edition on Climate Change and Health showcases the knowledge and advice that RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment is contributing to solutions for some of these challenges – at local, regional, national and international levels.

Hans Brug, RIVM Director-General: “RIVM works towards a healthy living environment in a changing climate. This priority cannot be postponed to tomorrow, but must be addressed today: climate change is already affecting our health. It is urgently necessary to generate knowledge and share it now.”

Featured topics in this edition include: international approach to health effects of climate change; five questions about climate change and infectious disease; greener streets in Dutch cities; public focus on wind turbines and health.