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Poland: HEAL co-organises air quality meeting in Zakopane
In May, HEAL together with Client Earth Poland, Polish Green Network (Polska Zielona Sieć) and Made in Zakopane co-organised a public meeting on air quality in Zakopane, Poland. Read more…
Health cost of planned coal power plant in Poland
HEAL provided expertise input regarding the planned coal fired power plant in Stara Wieś, Łęczna, and highlighted the need to comprehensively assess potential health costs. Read more…
Likely health effects of planned coal power plant in Stade
Local groups organised a panel discussion in the northern German town of Stade to discuss plans to build a coal fired power plant. Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Senior Coal and Health Officer, provided expertise on health implications to the 80 participants of the event. Read more…
Annoucement of closure of Austrian coal plant
Following the launch of a study on the health impacts of Austrian coal-fired power plants by environmental NGO Global2000 and HEAL, the closure of one of Austria’s three plants was announced. Read more...
Health and medical organisations from around the world signed a declaration for the Doha climate negotiations on how to better protect and promote our health. Get involved by signing on as an individual or as an organisation concerned about climate change and health. Sign the Declaration here!
30 June – 1 July, Vilnius, Lithuania: WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) - More information via the WHO Europe website
1 July: Italian presidency of the EU Council of Ministers begins
1 - 3 July, Strasbourg, France: First plenary session of the new European Parliament
27 – 29 August, Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Conference on health and climate - More information here
4 – 5 September, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here
6 – 7 October, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly - More information coming soon!
November, Israel: Mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process (EEHP) - More information available via the WHO Europe website
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
The report Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems.
In addition to the report, HEAL has also provided:
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