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HEAL on the road to COP21
As momentum is gathering for the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, HEAL is engaging the health community to put pressure on governments ahead of this important milestone. Read more…
Citizens call for end of coal as support for Germany’s climate plans grows
On 25 April citizens formed a human chain along an open pit mine in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, to call for the shift away from coal and a just energy transition. HEAL supports the German government plans to further cut CO2 emissions from the power section as it is positive news for both the climate and health. Read more…
Germany’s new energy instrument would mean better health
The government’s plans to increase efforts to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector have been met with fierce resistance. In letters to chancellor Merkel, economic minister Gabriel and health minister Groehe, HEAL and member WECF underline that these plans are not only good news for the climate, but also for health, and they should not be weakened. Read more…
HEAL submission on consultation: Future of Energy Community
Air Pollution and Health in Turkey: Facts, Figures and Recommendations - English - Turkish
18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly
22: Earth Day
1 – 11, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations
3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week
5: World Environment Day
16 – 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week
18 - 19, Paris, France: Conference on climate change and health
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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