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Climate change threatens the basic elements of life such as access to clean air, water, food and shelter – and with that human health. But climate action could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

HEAL works with Global organisations like UNFCCC, UNEP and WHO, with European and national decision-makers as well as environmental organisations towards climate and energy policies putting human health at the centre of their priorities.

Turkish Health Professionals call for Better Air Pollution Monitoring and Legislation

In Turkey as in the whole of Europe, air pollution is the top environmental threat…

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Stepping up Dutch climate action for a healthy future for our children

The swift closing of the 3 additional coal power plants would not only deliver the missing 9 Mt of emission cuts the Netherlands still needs to additionally reduce for the year 2020, they would also deliver very tangible and immediate benefits to health, by reducing health costs of up to 263,273 Euros, and preventing over 25,000 lost working days due to illness annually.  Nearly 1,500 asthma attacks by children would also be prevented. The government has been appealing the Urgenda verdict for 4 years - it should recognise that accepting and executing it will be a blessing. For this week, I am looking to our Parliament and our government to reconfirm a commitment to a swift and urgent coal phase out before 2030 and the pathway to it - for decisive climate and clean air action, and the substantial benefit for our children in the short and long term.
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A European Green Deal that strives for a healthy planet for healthy people is putting zero pollution and health protection at its core

HEAL together with members called on the European College of Commissioners and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to translate the support they have expressed for environmental health protection during their parliamentary hearings into tangible and impactful policy proposals and legislation. Zero pollution and health protection need to be at the core of the Commission’s flagship European Green Deal. It is essential that the European Green Deal delivers on climate change, on clean air and on health protection from hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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Climate action for our health and planetary health

by Genon K. Jensen, Executive Director at HEAL We hope that world leaders meeting in…

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A European Green Deal that strives for a healthy planet for healthy people is putting zero pollution and health protection at its core

HEAL together with members called on the European College of Commissioners and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to translate the support they have expressed for environmental health protection during their parliamentary hearings into tangible and impactful policy proposals and legislation. Zero pollution and health protection need to be at the core of the Commission’s flagship European Green Deal. It is essential that the European Green Deal delivers on climate change, on clean air and on health protection from hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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HEAL letter on EU Sibiu Summit

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Health professionals on derogations for coal power plants: no exemptions for pollution

Bulgarian health community highlights the huge health benefits of refusing giving derogations or pollution exemptions…

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NGO statement urging Turkish decision makers to step up at COP24

More than 25 NGOs working in Turkey released a joint statement urging Turkish decision makers…

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Letter to EU ministers on Capacity Mechanisms

HEAL as one of 31 networks and organisation has ahead of the upcoming trilogue meeting…

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Turkey’s most touristic region is endangered by coal mine expansions

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Independent data highlights air pollution crisis in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dust pollution in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been twice the legal limit on two thirds of monitored days in 2018 and caused over one hundred premature deaths in adults during the year, according to independent new data published today in the report 'Lifting the Smog' by CEE Bankwatch Network, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and the Center for Ecology and Energy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Press release: EU action on Western Balkans’ chronic coal pollution is a unique opportunity to improve health and productivity

Sixteen outdated coal power plants in the Western Balkans are a public health and economic liability for the whole of Europe, with people in the EU bearing the majority of the health impacts and costs, according to a new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Sandbag, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and Europe Beyond Coal. The European Union (EU) needs to use all of the tools available to improve health, prolong lives, save health costs and increase productivity both in the EU and in the Western Balkan region.
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Step forward for health protection in Turkey: Proposal to extend the pollution exemptions given to privatised coal power plants withdrawn

Last night, 14 February, all political parties in the Turkish Parliament agreed to withdraw a…

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