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According to WHO, indoor and outdoor air pollution is the largest single environmental health risk, causing numerable non noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, stroke and lung cancer as well as increasing the risk for acute respiratory infections.

HEAL works with Global, European, national and local partners and decision-makers to decrease those preventable diseases and to protect those most vulnerable – pregnant women, children, the elderly and those already ill or poor.

HEAL newsletter – April 2020

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Joint letter to EU institutions on COVID-19 response

HEAL is one of the signatories (together with WWF, BirdLife Europe, EEB, CEE Bankwatch, CAN…

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Infographic: Unmask My City – for clean air in our cities, around the world

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Infografik – Acht Forderungen für saubere Luft in Europa

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Joint letter to EU institutions on COVID-19 response

HEAL is one of the signatories (together with WWF, BirdLife Europe, EEB, CEE Bankwatch, CAN…

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Joint open letter: Principles for a #JustRecovery from COVID-19

HEAL is a signatory of a letter coordinated by 350, calling for a global and…

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Joint letter to members of the Environment Council of the European Union on air quality action in 2020

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), together with the European Federation of Allergy & Airways…

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Environment Ministers have to show commitment to EU action on air quality in 2020

In the upcoming Council Conclusions on Air Quality, we call on Environment Ministers to: Reflect the urgency to act on air pollution for health protection: the positive effects of this Green Deal need to be breathable by the end of the current EU Commission’ mandate. Translate the urgency into action by paving the way forward: the EU Green Deal ambition needs to take the shape of clear steps for clean air in 2020, with a view to aligning the EU air standards with the WHO guidelines.
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European governments united in addressing the air pollution health emergency

Following the European Commission’s Conclusions on the Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directive from November 2019 (3), European Environment Ministers today adopted joint conclusions (4) where they “welcome the Commission's intention to propose a revision of air quality standards, and look forward to discussions on such proposals, including on a possible closer alignment of the EU air quality standards with the WHO air quality guidelines”. 
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New EU Commission needs to walk the talk on clean air

The Commission Staff Working Document on the Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directives, published today, makes it abundantly clear that it is necessary and beneficial to have European air quality standards. At the same time, the assessment points out that standards need to be implemented and applied rigorously, and that the current standards are not fully based on the latest science and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.
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Citizen science air quality monitoring in and around Parisian schools confirms the need to cut air pollution from transport to protect health

Brussels/Paris, 18 September 2019 - A citizens’ science monitoring project at six nurseries and primary…

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Particulate air pollution found in and around classrooms in Sofia underlines urgency to act for clean air

Brussels/Sofia, 17 September 2019 - The quality of air inside and outside primary schools in…

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