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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

Open letter to German health minister on benefits of climate action
HEAL recently sent an open letter to the German Health Minister Hermann Groehe highlighting the opportunity for disease prevention from Germany’s Climate Action Plan 2050 which is currently in consultation between ministries. Read more…

WHO working group meeting: Building capacity for climate action to benefit health
On 23-24 June, HEAL’s Health and Climate Change Coordinator attended the fifth meeting of the WHO working group on health in climate change (HIC). HEAL is an active member of this group which acts as a catalyst in promoting the implementation of the climate change and health commitments of the Parma Ministerial declaration. Read more…

Implementation of G20 commitment to phase­out fossil fuel subsidies
A statement, representing over 200 civil society organisations including HEAL, urged G20 governments to establish a deadline for the phase out of fossil fuel subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels at the 2016 G20 summit. Read more…

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Publications

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish).

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- HEAL webinar: Climate change through a health lens in Serbia (Serbian)

- Open letters to EU Commission VP Sefcovic and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Canete

- 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


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- Climate change calls to action


Events

2016

August

- 1 - 7 : World Breastfeeding week

- 8 - 26 : HEAL office closure

September

- 3 - 7, London, UK : ERS Congress

- 8: EPHA 7th Annual Conference

- 12 - 15, Strasbourg, France: European Parliament 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:

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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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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