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Climate change threatens the basic elements of life such as access to food, water, shelter and clean air - which in turn severely impacts human health. Decisions on responding to climate change need to put health at the centre.


News on our policy work

COP21: Tackling climate change means boosting health
The health community welcomes the agreement of COP21 as a solid stepping stone for future action. HEAL worked hard to bring the health concerns to the climate debate, especially to ensure that every policy, investment or intervention to cope with climate change are those with significant health co-benefits. Read more…

Turkey: Promoting integration of health evidence in energy decisions
The Iskenderun Bay region in Turkey faces a huge health challenge with plans to build around 20 new coal-fired power plants. A state court recently ruled that cumulative impact assessments need to be carried out for all new projects, to assess the total burden from pollution. Read more…

Call for Action on climate delivered to German Health Minister Groehe
50 organisations and individuals from the German health sector including HEAL are urging the German government to take more decisive action to protect our health from climate change, including to develop a national phase out plan for coal power generation. Read more…

HEAL Letter to the Editor - How to Deliver the Most Important Public Health Treaty of the Century
In her Letter to the Editor in the Annals of Global Health, HEAL’s Executive Director argues that the Paris climate talks offer an extraordinary public health opportunity that should not be squandered and puts forth 5 Prescriptions for a Healthy Future to COP21 climate negotiators. Read more...

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Publications

- 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

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- CHE call on climate change and health – Recordings
- Sign on to WHO Call to Action

- 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


Take Action!

- Climate change calls to action


Events

December

- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

2016

January

- 1: Start of Dutch Presidency of the European Council

- 21 - 22, Paris, France: International workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health

February

- 4: World Cancer Day

- 13: Fossil fuel free 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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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:

An informative Questions & Answers called: Moving Beyond 20% - How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits people’s health in the EU

An essential briefing for policy makers called: The health benefits of greenhouse gas reduction policies.


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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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