News on our policy work
New patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health
HEAL and the EU ESCAPE project recently launched a series of information leaflets aimed at providing individuals, health professionals and heart, lung and asthma patient groups with the latest science-based guidance on how air pollution affects health in Europe, and prevention tips. Read more…
New coal power units in Opole, Poland raise health concerns
Following lively discussions, the Polish government recently gave the official go ahead for the construction of new coal power units in Opole, in southern Poland. Read more…
EU Commission launches legal action over UK air quality
HEAL welcomes the EU Commission’s recently launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with air pollution. Nitrogen dioxide, mainly from diesel engines can lead to major respiratory illnesses and premature deaths. 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