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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...
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
14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary
1: Start of Dutch Presidency of the European Council
21 - 22, Paris, France: International workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health
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
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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