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Climate and Health Summit 2014
This year’s Climate and Health Summit organised by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), of which HEAL is a member takes place alongside the official UN International Climate negotiations (UNFCCC COP20) in Peru, Lima. Read more…
2030 climate targets should be increased for health protection
EU leaders recently endorsed the climate and energy targets for 2030. A binding EU target of an at least 40% will be insufficient to keep global warming in the 2 degree path or to achieve the EU objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. Read more…
German medical association debates health in energy transition
HEAL co-hosted an expert seminar on health in the German energy transition, together with the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer), the largest doctors network in Germany; and the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental and Public Health Sciences (GHUP). Read more…
Open letter to UN Secretary General on fracking
On the eve of the international day of action to ban fracking on 11 October, over 250 groups from 40 countries including HEAL, signed a letter urging UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to reject fracking as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4AII). Read more…
Green Climate Fund should exclude financing of fossil fuels
HEAL has signed on to a letter asking the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to exclude the financing of fossil fuels and other harmful energy projects or programs. Read more…
- 1 – 12, Lima, Peru: UNFCCC COP20
- 4, Warsaw, Poland: HEAL conference on energy, air quality and health
- 6, Lima, Peru: GCHA Climate and Health Summit 2014: Investing in Health
- 17, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council
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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