News on our policy work
Health and medical organisations call for climate action in IPCC report
On 31 March the second working group of the IPCC launched their report for policymakers on impacts of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation. For the first time the health co-benefits of climate action were a special focus. Read more…
EU must lead on climate action says Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on EU leaders in Brussels to speed up the adoption of new 2030 climate and energy targets and lead the global effort against climate change. He highlighted that health was particularly at risk from climate change. Read more…
HEAL and EEB request EU Commission to review Polish pollution exemptions
HEAL and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have submitted a request for internal review of an EU Commission decision regarding Polish emission exemptions. These are considered to be conflicting with ambient air quality standards for the protection of health. Read more…
EU decision to allow greater pollution of Polish power plants puts health of citizens at risk
Health groups expressed concern after a recent EU Commission decision granting Polish power plants more time to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants. Read more…
Health and medical organisations from around the world signed a declaration for the Doha climate negotiations on how to better protect and promote our health. Get involved by signing on as an individual or as an organisation concerned about climate change and health. Sign the Declaration here!
6: World Asthma 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:
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