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

On the road to COP21
HEAL will be in Paris in a few weeks for the international climate negotiations, with an official delegation and side events. Don’t forget to register for the Climate and Health Summit on 5 December, where HEAL is the local organising partner, and sign up to WHO’s Call to Action. Read more…

HEAL’s Annual General Assembly discusses current policy challenges
Representatives of HEAL’s European and national member organisations gathered in Brussels to discuss upcoming policy and regulatory developments, including the Paris climate conference, environmental protection of cancer and Better Regulation. Read more…

Civil society organisations deplore ‘lost year’ for environmental protection
One year since the entry into office of the current EU Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, HEAL and others are criticising the EU Executive for a paralysis in environmental policymaking. Read more…

Dieselgate - EU action to protect citizen’s health
HEAL joined over 40 public interest groups in an open letter to the Presidents of the European Council, EU Commission and EU Parliament, expressing objections to recent decisions to more than double the emission limits for cars tested on the road. Read more…

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Take Action!

- Join Our Climate our Health

- Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

- SEE Change Net petition for Energy for the long run

- Keep up to date with EDC-Free Europe news!

- Sign on to the WHO Call to Action


- 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

- Launch of Better regulation watchdog
- HEAL leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013




- 23 – 26, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 24: HEAL webinar (in Polish) on smog, air pollution and health

- 24 – 25, Paris, France: 6th Environment and Health French national congress on Climate Change and Health– HEAL speaking

- 27: HEAL webinar on Mercury and Health (in Serbian) - Registrations open

- 30 – 11, Paris, France: UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations


- 4, Paris France: HEAL side event, “Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate” in collaboration with Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (CNOM), World Medical Association, COP21

- 5, Paris, France: Global Climate and Health Summit

- 9, Paris, France: HEAL UNFCCC COP21 side event in collaboration with Monaco and WHO Europe

- 16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers

- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP 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 »


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

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