Air quality

Each year, 500,000 Europeans die prematurely from air pollution
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Air pollution has many severe effects on human health and the environment. Each year millions suffer from poor health as a result of bad air quality, both indoors and outdoors. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.


News on our policy work

Poland: Webinar and briefing on healthy energy solutions
A recent webinar organised by HEAL in Poland gathered health professionals and well-known experts to further discuss solutions for air quality and health in Poland, with a special focus on a new HEAL briefing on healthy energy, launched during the webinar. Read more…

Tackle air quality for the climate and public health
HEAL participated at the second WHO Global Conference on Health and Climate, which aimed to set the health action agenda for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Participants discussed a range of topics such as the benefits of switching to cleaner energy sources to reduce level of climate and air pollutants. Read more…

EU member states fail Europeans health in air quality agreement, says HEAL
HEAL has expressed disappointment on the missed opportunity to significantly improve people’s lives in an area that really counts, that is their health, with the agreement reached on the EU National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC) on air quality. Read more…

Are you planning a city trip to another European city this summer?
Make sure to read up on how you can protect yourself from bad air quality in cities! Read more…

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Take action!

- Climate change calls to action

Publications

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- HEAL webinar: Climate change through a health lens in Serbia (Serbian)

- Open letters to EU Commission VP Sefcovic and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Canete

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL Webinar series COP21 – Recordings

Related HEAL/EFA websites

- Know your air for health website: English - German - Italian

- HEAL and EU ESCAPE patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health

Events

2016

August

August

- 1 - 7 : World Breastfeeding week

- 8 - 26 : HEAL office closure

September

- 3 - 7, London, UK : ERS Congress

- 8: EPHA 7th Annual Conference

- 12 - 15, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament plenary



Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick analyses for the first time how the harmful dust caused by coal plants travels across borders and the effect this has. It reveals that in 2013 emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill-health from heart disease to bronchitis, and up to EUR 62.3 billion in health costs. testimonies

More information here






The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick presents the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy makers on why they are concerned about coal.

The report develops recommendations for policy-makers and the health community on how to address the unpaid health bill and ensure that it is taken into account in future energy decisions.

For a brief summary of the report see HEAL’s coal and health postcard

More information here


Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Air quality

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