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

World Health Assembly weighs in on air quality, chemicals and sustainable development goals
HEAL welcomes the World Health Organization’s roadmap for tackling air pollution to be discussed at this week’s World Health Assembly, WHO’s highest health policy setting body. Read more…

More than 300,000 health professionals call on G7 nations to phase out coal
Doctors, nurses, public health professionals and advocates call on G7 nations to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives, with 82 organisations signing a Global Health Statement outlining the huge benefits to both human health and economies from cleaner energy. Read more…

Non-REACH Chemicals REFIT process fails to comply with Better Regulation guidelines
A coalition of ten health and environmental NGOs express their deep concern with the way the EU Commission is carrying out a Fitness Check of non-REACH chemicals law in an open letter. Read more…

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Take Action!

- Join Our Climate our Health

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

- Sign on to the WHO Call to Action


Publications

- 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

February

- 22 – 26: TTIP negotiations round

March

- 4, Brussels, Belgium: EU Environment Council

- 7 - 10, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 17 - 18, Brussels, Belgium: EU Summit

- 20 - 30: Pesticide Action Week

April

- 5 – 12, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival

- 17-19, Berlin, Germany: 2nd International Conference on Human Biomonitoring

- 20: CHE EDC Strategies Group call: Increasing trends in male reproductive disorders, environmental exposure & implications for human health

- 21: Earth Day

- 25, New York, USA: Next round of TTIP negotiations begin

- 27: World Day for Safety and Health at work

- 28: CHE & HEAL partnership call: Glyphosate - The increasing use of GBHs worldwide and implications for human health

- 28, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EFA event on Adolescents Adherence to Asthma treatment


May

- 4 - 16: Fossil free week of action

- 6: World Asthma Day

- 25: Start of European week against cancer


June

- 5: World Environment Day

- 8 - 9, Brussels, Belgium: EC workshop for a ’roadmap to a non-toxic environment’


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

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