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Inspired by: FP7 » New Diseases Caused by Environmental Pollution

version: 2 / updated: 2009-12-01
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 1 - Health

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Other actions across health themes


(max. 9 words)

New Diseases Caused by Environmental Pollution


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Environmental pollution rises immensely due to a higher energy production relying on conventional technologies such as coal-fired power plants. Moreover, the traffic volume grows while sticking to the combustion motor. New life-threatening diseases are created and existing health problems and diseases caused by environmental pollution become worse and more wide-spread. Eventually, sustainability becomes much more important to society.


new diseases, environmental pollution, new diseases, traffic volume, energy consumption


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Type of event

Unplanned consequence of events/trends/situations (e.g. financial crisis, accidental breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A contemporary equivalent of past Wild Cards
(e.g. earthquake, tsunami or, similar to the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the USA breaks up into independent countries sometime between 2025-2050, for example)

Historical parallels

In the 1970ies and 1980ies, there was a focus on the relation of diseases and environmental pollution, nevertheless there were rather no diseases detected that were exclusively proven to be initiated by environmental pollution, so that attention to the topic diminished.

Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




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Level 4: important for the whole world