News on our policy work
Poland: policy changes needed to improve air quality
HEAL recently attended a conference at the Ministry of the Environment on possible changes in the law to improve air quality in the country. Measures discussed included a ban on low quality coal for household use and low emission zones. Read more…
HEAL presents views at Clean Air for Europe hearing
At an institutional hearing in Brussels, HEAL presented its view’s on the EU air package. Despite progress being made in the last decades, poor air quality is still a predominant environmental cause of death in the EU. Read more…
One in eight deaths are due to air pollution, says WHO
With new estimates, the WHO reports that in 2012 around seven million people died as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Read more…
HEAL and EU ESCAPE information leaflets:
Air pollution and health - for patients with lung disease
Air pollution and health – for patients with cardiovascular disease
Air pollution and health – for individuals and families concerned about lung cancer
Air pollution and health – for parents of children with asthma and allergies
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