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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…
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
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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