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

Air pollution in Balkans is spiking again, harming people’s health
HEAL’s Health and Energy Officer Vlatka Matkovic Puljic was recently cited in a UK daily (over 200 million monthly browsers), highlighting how air quality in the Balkans at the end of last year was critical. The situation was mirrored across the Western Balkans with the main source of air pollution coming from coal burning and electricity generation in coal plants. Read more…

Poland’s anti-smog battle turns political
Many areas in Poland spent a lot of January under a choking smog, as a result of residential coal health and diesel cars, polluting the air and impacting health. HEAL in Poland has commented on opportunities and dangers of government proposals to improve the situation. Read more…

HEAL in Turkey: 8 out of 10 most polluted cities in Europe are in Turkey
Air pollution is a major problem for Turkey with 8 out of 10 most polluted cities in Europe found in the country, a recent Guardian article revealed. News quickly spread to press in Turkey. Read more…


Take action!

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’.

- Nominate and vote on your subsidy in the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards

- Clearing the air: Support Client Earth’s Europe-wide campaign on air pollution

- Climate change calls to action

Publications

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position paper

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- HEAL supports urgent call for signatories: Health for 55% of the world’s population

- 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

March

- 1-2 March, Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Plenary

- 13-16 March, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament Plenary

April

- 3-6 April, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament Plenary

- 7 April: World Health Day

- 26-27 April, Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament Plenary

- 28 April: World Day for Safety and Health at Work



HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position Paper outlines HEAL’s recommendations for a healthy energy future in Europe.

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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

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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

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »

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