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Delay in phase out of health-harming fossil fuel subsides as G20 leaders meet
At their summit in early September, the G20 failed to agree on a timeline to phase out inefficient health-harming fossil fuel subsidies, missing an opportunity to prevent ill health and meet the COP21 Paris climate goals. Read more…
HEAL joins coal and health working meeting in Russia
On 8 September HEAL participated in a working meeting organised by Pacific Environment on the issue of coal and public health in Vladivostok, Russia. Read more…
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
28 - 30: Gastein Health Forum
30: World Heart Day
20 - 21: HEAL General Assembly
20 - 21, Belgium: EU Heads of State Summit
24 - 27, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
7 – 18, Marrakech, Morocco: UNFCCC COP22 - HEAL delegation participating
9 – 12, Austria, Vienna: European Public Health Conference
16: World COPD Day
21 – 24, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
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.
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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
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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:
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