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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

New HEAL webinars on climate change and health
In the run-up to the international climate negotiations this December, HEAL is organising a series of webinars entitled “COP21: Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health”. This month, a webinar in English and one in French focused on health sector engagement in the climate negotiations. Read more…

HEAL invites signatures to German Call for Action on climate and health
Over the next weeks HEAL will be collecting signatures in support of a Call for Action on climate and health, which is directed at the German government. Seven recommendations, how health protection and climate mitigation can be promoted jointly, will be handed over to the German minister for health. Read more…

HEAL supports call to G20 Finance Ministers to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies
In the lead-up to the G20 Summit in November, 66 civil society organisations, including HEAL, call on the G20 finance ministers and the Turkish G20 Presidency to advance commitments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and support ambitious climate action. Turkey should particularly hear this call as 80 new coal power plants are in the pipeline. Read more…

Impacts of coal on health in Serbia highlighted
In an interview for the ‘Open School Belgrade’ in Serbia, Vlatka Matkovic Puljic, HEAL’s Project Coordinator on Energy and Health for South and Central East European countries, highlights public health threats from coal and Serbia’s climate change ambition. Read more…

Turkey: Using health evidence in coal lawsuit
Citizens of Bursa, the fourth biggest city in Turkey, are concerned about their health as a new coal-fired power plant is planned in order to supply power to the factories in the area. Recent measurements in the city show that the air quality is critical or unhealthy. Read more…

EUPHA Workshop on coal and health with public health specialists
HEAL will actively participate at the 8th European Public Health (EPH) Conference from 14-17 October, with a workshop on the external health costs of coal power generation and prevention opportunities. Read more…

Read more news here


- HEAL Webinar series COP21 – Recordings
- The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick – English - Turkish
- HEAL submission on consultation: Future of Energy Community
- Air Pollution and Health in Turkey: Facts, Figures and Recommendations - English - Turkish

Take Action!

- SEE Change Net petition for Energy for the long run

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition

Events 2015


- 26: World Environment Health day

- 30: World Heart Day


- Online course: MOOC Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers

- 9-10: Global Day to Reclaim Power against dangerous, harmful and dirty energy systems

- 11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit - HEAL speaking

- 12, Berlin, Germany: HEAL Lancet Commission on Health and Climate event

- 14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices - HEAL organising workshop

- 22: Global Day of Action Against Coal

- 28-29, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly


- Global Frackdown Month

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 15: World COPD Day

- 15 – 16, Turkey: G20 summit

- 24 – 25: 6th Environment and Health French national congress (SFSE) – HEAL speaking

- 30 – 11, Paris, France: UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations


- 4, Paris France: HEAL side event, “Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate” in collaboration with Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (CNOM), World Medical Association, COP21

- 5, Paris, France: Global Climate and Health Summit

- 9, Paris, France: HEAL UNFCCC COP21 side event in collaboration with Monaco

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:

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 »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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