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Date Title
19/05/2016 Reaction on postponement of glyphosate vote
04/05/2016 HEAL responds to BFR breakthrough on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
27/04/2016 MEPs Against Cancer consider relicensing glyphosate for 10 years "inappropriate" and “unacceptable”
25/04/2016 A new campaign to protect EU chemical laws
31/03/2016 Two-thirds of food-can linings contain BPA
24/03/2016 Women’s reproductive problems from hormone disrupting chemicals costs Europe 1.4 billion Euros per year
18/03/2016 Coal’s unpaid health bill in Serbia estimated at €4 billion a year
15/03/2016 €8.5 billion in health costs from Balkan coal plants prompt call for EU policy rethink
15/03/2016 Coal’s unpaid health bill in Bosnia & Herzegovina estimated at €3.1 billion
04/03/2016 Over 174,000 people call for ban on glyphosate
03/03/2016 Dutch public health institute RIVM advices Dutch government to reduce exposure to Bisphenol A
01/03/2016 Press Release - Survey findings show those living near pesticide spraying exposed to EDCs
17/02/2016 Scientists say regulation of glyphosate weed killer is “out of date”
15/02/2016 HEAL launches toolkit for a “healthy energy” future
05/02/2016 Eight year olds found out why “organic uncle” may not be so crazy
04/02/2016 European cancer groups urged to take action against glyphosate
03/02/2016 HEAL Press Reaction: Commission plans to present EDC criteria before the Summer 2016
26/01/2016 HEAL calls for coherent regulation of food packaging materials
16/12/2015 Commission breached EU law by delaying criteria on EDCs
14/12/2015 Strong climate agreement sets positive context for future health action
03/12/2015 COP21 Press release: World’s doctors tackle climate and energy pollution
18/11/2015 EU court hearing puts spotlight on Commission delay over hormone disrupting chemicals
02/11/2015 Press statement: Environmental organisations deplore ‘lost year’ for environmental protection
29/10/2015 MEPs stand up for citizens’ health in air quality vote, says HEAL
12/10/2015 Vor Pariser Klimakonferenz: Gesundheitsexperten fordern Bundesregierung zum Ausstieg aus Kohleverstromung auf
01/10/2015 Global Obstetrics and Gynaecology group warn of harm to babies from toxic chemicals in consumer products
29/09/2015 HEAL Reaction to Endocrine Society Second Scientific Statement on EDCs
23/06/2015 HEAL Reaction: Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement
23/06/2015 Neuer Lancet-Report: Gesundheitsschutz ist zentraler Aspekt beim Klimaschutz
03/06/2015 Clean air would promote better health in Serbia
20/05/2015 Turkey’s coal expansion plans cause alarm as health costs quantified
31/03/2015 HEAL reaction: Rankings of European cities’ actions for cleaner air
25/03/2015 Media advisory - Mums and parents-to-be call for reductions in pesticide use
12/03/2015 Nineteen endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of women’s hair
06/03/2015 Massive health costs from EDCs prompt further calls from HEAL for regulation
26/02/2015 Endocrine disrupting chemicals: a public health problem in your shopping bag
23/02/2015 Turkish doctors say cleaner air would offer major health benefits
04/02/2015 Malta backs action on environmental pollutants to close gap in cancer prevention
15/01/2015 Green 10: Parliament support for Juncker on environment eroding over attack on green legislation
07/01/2015 MEPs discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals
16/12/2014 Health groups dismayed over lack of clarity on air package
16/12/2014 Green 10: Axing of waste proposals and uncertainty about air a colossal , strategic blunder
15/12/2014 Cleaner air would offer major health benefits in the Balkans
09/12/2014 New resource by the Endocrine Society and IPEN on health threats posed by EDCs
04/12/2014 NGOs offer easy way for citizens to tell EU to stop exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals
02/12/2014 HEAL delegation brings health focus to COP20
18/11/2014 AIM calls on the EU to act on air quality
17/11/2014 Nordic countries estimate high costs from chemical exposure
06/11/2014 Air quality research suggests major benefits for children
22/10/2014 Green10 press statement: Concerns remain over Juncker Commission’s commitment to environment
22/10/2014 Joint press release : European Health Community welcomes Juncker’s decision to regulate health for the public good
08/10/2014 Press release - “SIN List” advance will contribute to reducing chronic disease
07/10/2014 Joint press release: Flexibility mechanism on air pollutants will undermine drive towards better regulation
07/10/2014 Green10 press statement: European Parliament should reject Juncker’s environmentally unsustainable Commission
01/10/2014 Blog: MEPs prioritise EDCs in the Commissioner-designate hearings
15/09/2014 Green10 press release: Why the European Parliament should block Jean-Claude Juncker’s attempt to undermine the EU’s environmental policies
22/07/2014 Climate efforts undermined by EU’s coal addiction, new report reveals
18/06/2014 €31 billion per year in EU health savings possible from reducing exposures to hormone disrupting chemicals
04/06/2014 US-EU moratorium on fracking is essential to protect public health
06/05/2014 Info release: “Know your air for health” aims to help us breathe more easily
29/04/2014 21 residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of children’s hair
14/04/2014 Press release: EU extends life of Europe’s biggest polluter while IPCC calls for coal phase out
03/04/2014 Press release: Health organisations call for climate action on IPCC WG2 report’s publication
26/03/2014 Farmers who are “victims of pesticides” call for EU action
26/03/2014 Information release – HEAL re-launches the Chemicals Health Monitor
27/02/2014 Endocrine disruptors: a report that marks an important moment!
19/02/2014 Information release: EU decision to allow greater pollution of Polish power plants puts health of citizens at risk
19/02/2014 WHO report calls endocrine disruptors a ’’global threat’’
18/02/2014 Information release: New patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health
18/02/2014 Information release: New evidence on chemicals and children’s stunted neurological development
23/01/2014 Information release: HEAL co-hosting health and environment film screenings and debates
23/01/2014 Europe should act on BPA following health cost-tag calculation
19/12/2013 HEAL welcomes health objective in EU air quality strategy but regrets much else
17/12/2013 EU environmental assessment law must include fracking, says HEAL
10/12/2013 Joint press release: MEPs call for immediate release of air package
09/12/2013 How coal power plants make us sick – Romanian version of HEAL report launched today
02/12/2013 UK parliament urged to recognise health costs of coal
15/11/2013 Joint press release: COP19: The road towards addressing the greatest global health threat
13/11/2013 Media photo op: Delays are wasting opportunities for prevention of chronic disease and healthcare savings
23/10/2013 HEAL welcomes manifesto on breast cancer launched in UK
29/08/2013 Joint press release: New Publication on NCDs: Environmental factors one of the main causes of preventable deaths
16/07/2013 Joint letter on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive
03/07/2013 WHO report underlines need for stronger EU action on air pollution, says HEAL
20/06/2013 HEAL welcomes priority given to “health protection” in the 7th EAP
19/06/2013 HEAL joins calls for France to maintain its leadership on endocrine disrupting chemicals
27/05/2013 HEAL responds to Berlaymont Declaration on endocrine disruptors
25/04/2013 HEAL responds to vote on 7th Environment Action Programme
21/03/2013 EFSA opinion on endocrine disruptors problematic
14/03/2013 European Parliament vote on EDCs conveys urgency of protecting health
07/03/2013 Coal’s health bill reaches €43 billion a year
06/03/2013 Winner of “Health and Environment Film Prize” announced
06/02/2013 Beyond disappointment – European lawmakers on the side of automobile industry on traffic noise vote
06/02/2013 European parliament condemns European citizens to noisier cities
23/01/2013 EP Committee tells Commission “the sooner the better” on EDCs
07/01/2013 Global mercury treaty would make Europe’s children brainier
14/12/2012 Air pollution ranked as top health risk factor in Europe
05/12/2012 Doha health declaration wins major support from European groups
09/11/2012 HEAL announces “Health and Environment Film Prize”
25/10/2012 EU bio-monitoring shows mothers and children exposed to harmful chemicals
19/10/2012 Delegates Decision Prolongs Toxic Pollution
03/07/2012 Green 10: Mid-term assessment of the Commission shows poor environmental track record
11/06/2012 HEAL welcomes Environment Ministers’ inclusion of “health protection” in 7th EAP
31/05/2012 Response to European Commission’s position on chemical mixtures released today
16/05/2012 Common diseases linked to chemical exposures before birth
25/04/2012 EU citizens call for quick action to curb traffic noise
24/04/2012 Shale gas: A dangerous experiment on the environment and human health
20/03/2012 Daily chemical exposure adds to obesity and diabetes risk
01/03/2012 HEAL backs 10 guiding principles and call to tackle an invisible killer
20/02/2012 Report paves way for ban on "gender bender" hormone-disrupting chemicals
30/01/2012 Commission’s good news on health benefits should tip balance for higher EU climate target
25/01/2012 Study offers warning of negative immune effects from PFC exposure
18/01/2012 EU biocides law considered a “standstill” by NGOs
11/01/2012 How fracking threatens public health, more research needed
09/12/2011 Reaction to new EU vehicle noise limits proposal
05/12/2011 Press Release: European doctor launches warning of “grave health consequences”
05/12/2011 Media Advisory: COP17 Press Conf. on Health Leaders Call for Urgent Action on Climate
04/12/2011 Irish NGO health leader describes first-ever global Climate and Health Summit
30/11/2011 On the road to Durban and beyond: are you with us?
21/11/2011 UNFCCC COP17/CMP7 HEAL Delegation & Partners
17/10/2011 HEAL signs up for urgent action on climate change
13/10/2011 CAP reform: a pale and unhealthy shade of green
30/09/2011 Fracking: A peril looming over Europe’s environmental health
27/09/2011 "Notre Poison quotidien" highlights EU’s environmental health challenges
20/09/2011 Joint press release: Fewer carbon emissions means better health and greater productivity
19/09/2011 Fewer carbon emissions means better health and greater productivity
14/09/2011 Press statement: Bedroom dust used to urge EU to act more urgently on REACH
13/09/2011 EU Health commissioner urged to bring "environment" to UN chronic disease summit
22/06/2011 Health insurance group takes up environmental health
22/06/2011 Environment Ministers shy away from a 30% reduction target
25/05/2011 EU announces plan to make cars and lorries quieter
24/05/2011 ENVI Committee vote cheered by two major health groups
03/05/2011 Hormone disrupting chemicals targeted to prevent chronic disease in the EU
24/04/2011 Banned toxics found in carpet underlay sold in EU
12/04/2011 Protect children by cutting exposure to harmful chemicals
30/03/2011 Diet change can reduce BPA levels in humans
30/03/2011 Traffic noise health impacts second only to air pollution, new WHO report says
21/03/2011 WHO prioritises environmental and occupational cancer risks
20/03/2011 Week without pesticides becomes "Pesticides Alternatives Week"
14/03/2011 Our daily poison: Film investigates the causes of our cancer epidemic
04/03/2011 Research quantifies increased life and wealth from cleaner air
25/01/2011 Hundreds of companies and local businesses back a green energy future for Europe
20/12/2010 Toxic Christmas gift: Council decides to keep hazardous biocides on market
15/12/2010 More guidance for countries on EU pesticide legislation needed
10/12/2010 European Commission falls behind on EU Mercury Strategy
06/12/2010 Doctors say: Don’t forget the health dividend
06/12/2010 Message to EU delegation: Don’t forget the health dividend
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Austria could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Bulgaria could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Czech Republic could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Hungary could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Greece could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Romania could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Portugal could improve health and save money
06/12/2010 Climate report: How Slovakia could improve health and save money
26/11/2010 MEPs to be urged to address "missing link" in fight against cancer
26/11/2010 Health and Environment NGOs comment on Bisphenol A ban
22/11/2010 Commission confirms intentions on BPA
21/10/2010 Four-language push to link pesticide use and cancer prevention
30/09/2010 European food panel fails to protect EU citizen’s health from plastic component, BPA
22/09/2010 EP fails to protect consumers and the environment from biocides
14/09/2010 30% emissions reduction target could save public health billions
06/09/2010 Evidence of huge boost to public health from stronger climate policy
14/07/2010 European and International Health Organisations unite to call for European action to combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
02/07/2010 European Commission delays air pollution legislation, yet again
01/07/2010 NGOs urge Commission to come forward with a second EU Environment and Health Action Plan
23/06/2010 European health group supports call for reducing exposure to BPA
23/06/2010 European Parliament Committee strengthens draft biocides law, but concerns remain
06/05/2010 Cancer: MEPs urge prevention related to environmental causes
11/03/2010 Competition rewards environmental projects that save children’s lives
11/03/2010 Wedstrijd beloont milieuproject dat levens van kinderen redt Giftig speelgoed, asbest in scholen en vervuild drinkwater
11/03/2010 Les Trophées CEHAPE attribués aux projets environnementaux qui sauvent des vies d’enfants
11/03/2010 Wedstrijd beloont milieuproject dat levens van kinderen redt
10/03/2010 Lung health under threat from climate change and deteriorating air quality
08/03/2010 HEAL takes part in ministerial talks on children’s health in Parma
11/02/2010 Study charts path for better protection from harmful "chemical mixtures"
01/02/2010 European Launch of the Year of the Lung 2010 held in Marseille
01/02/2010 Health groups call for 40% target on carbon emissions
14/01/2010 Cancer-linked pesticides used in schools - New survey
22/12/2009 Ministers worried about hazardous chemicals cocktails, but postpone action
16/12/2009 Tackling the twin threats of climate change and the global health gap
10/12/2009 HEAL and HCWH announce top-level delegation and daily briefings at COP15 Negotiations (14 - 17 December)
25/11/2009 Health impact of climate change recognised in EP resolution
18/11/2009 Negociaciones sobre Cambio Climático en Barcelona, 2-6 Noviembre 2009 Líderes del Sector Salud solicitan medidas decisorias sobre el cambio climático
04/11/2009 Health leaders call for strong measures on climate change
04/11/2009 EU Biocide Policy – Safety for Health and Biodiversity first!
20/10/2009 Health impact of climate change not recognised in Parliamentary resolution
06/10/2009 Vassiliou welcomes health community’s "Prescription" on climate change
02/10/2009 Commissioner presented with health community’s "Prescription" on climate change