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

EU negotiations continue for air quality improvements
HEAL, its members and health partners welcome the confirmation that negotiations on reducing air pollution emissions under the National Emissions Ceilings Directive will continue. Read more…

HEAL in Poland highlights air quality problems on Polish TV
HEAL’s coal and health adviser in Poland and a pulmonologist from the Polish Society of Lung Disease were recently interviewed about air pollution on the biggest Polish TV news channel, TVN24. Read more…

Health impacts of air pollution breakfast meeting
HEAL co-organised a breakfast briefing in the European Parliament on the health impacts of cross-border air pollution and the need for efficient regulation. Read more…

HEAL in Poland at 25th meeting of Polish European Respiratory Society
In January HEAL in Poland attended the 25th meeting of the Polish European Respiratory Society (ERS), an annual event bringing together the most well-known pulmonologists and other health and medical experts in Poland. Read more...

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Three briefings released by HEAL highlight the heavy toll on health resulting exposure to poor air quality in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro.

Air pollution sources and health problems (PL)

Brochure on domestic coal combustion in Poland

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

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


March 2015

4: Launch of the EEA’s State of the Environment Report 2015

6, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

April 2015

7: World Health Day

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

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

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HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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