Environment & health

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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.


News on our policy work

New campaign to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies to benefit health
HEAL’s new campaign will focus on health as a driver to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies. The campaign, which will be officially launch in the Autumn, builds on the knowledge that fossil fuels such as coal largely contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and air pollution which harm health. Read more…

Coal­burning EU countries make their neighbours sick
HEAL together with Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office and Sandbag launched a report entitled ‘Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick’. This is the first ever analysis of cross border health impacts of all coal power plants in the EU. Read more…

Join the WHO in breathing life back into our cities
The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the Climate & Clean Air Coalition have launched a new global campaign to raise awareness of the impact of air pollution on health and the planet, and to build a network of citizens, leaders, and health professionals to leverage change in communities. Read more…_

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Take Action!

- Join Our Climate our Health

- Sign on to the WHO Call to Action


Publications

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

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health

- The Unpaid Health Bill - How coal power plants in the Western Balkans make us sick

- 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

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- 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 leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013


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


Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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 »

Members

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 »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

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