Environment & health

Many diseases can be reduced by a cleaner, healthier environment
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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

Midterm review of environment and health progress in the European Region
From 28 to 30 April a HEAL delegation participated at the mid-term review meeting of the WHO European Environment and Health Process in Haifa, Israel. Read more…

Opposing TTIP to safeguard democracy, protect people’s health and the environment
As the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue, concern continues to grow both in Brussels and across the EU Member States. MEPs in the Environmnent Committee now call for the exclusion of chemicals and public health services in the agreement. Read more…

Air quality costs European economies US $1.6. trillion a year in diseases and deaths
WHO Europe and OECD have released a report on the economic cost of the health impacts of air pollution in Europe. US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600,000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010. Read more…

Fifth symposium of Paris Appeal to focus on chemicals and EMF
The ECERI (European Cancer and Environment Research Institute), in partnership with ISDE (International Society of Doctors for the Environment), is organising the fifth conference of the Paris Appeal, at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels on 18 May. Read more...

Trade Secrets Directive: MEPs called upon to protect transparency, health and the environment
HEAL signed a joint statement strongly opposing a proposal by the EU Commission and Council for a new EU directive on trade secrets as it threatens free speech, health, the environment and worker mobility. Read more…

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


May 2015

18-19, Malaga, Spain: EFA 2015 AGA

18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly

22: Earth Day

25 – 31: European Week Against Cancer

June 2015

1, Brussels, Belgium: European Commission conference on EDCs

1 – 11, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations

3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week

5: World Environment Day

15, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

16 – 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Sustainable Energy Week

18 - 19, Paris, France: Conference on climate change and health

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)
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

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