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Open letter: The European Green Deal needs to cut pesticides and switch to agroecology

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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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Time to action European promises on endocrine disruptors

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45 NGOs write to EU Health & Food Safety Commissioner: Pesticide residues in agricultural imports must not compromise public health and the European Green Deal

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Alerte Médecins Pesticides & HEAL: Courrier concernant le cyprodinil, le mépanipyrim et le pyriméthanil

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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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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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Transition to a toxic-free circular economy in the carpet industry still a distant reality, despite industry initiative

Transition to a toxic-free circular economy in the carpet industry still a distant reality, despite…

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Another “forever chemical” – PFBS – added to Europe’s list of substances of very high concern

The European Chemicals Agency has recognised Perfluorobutane Sulfonic Acid, PFBS (and its salts) as a…

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Time to action European promises on endocrine disruptors

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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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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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Why regulation is the key to protecting today’s and future children from toxic plastic toys

by Genon K. Jensen, Executive Director at HEAL It’s encouraging to see that plastic pollution…

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The climate emergency is a medical one – health sector issues prescription for a healthy energy future

Today, HEAL launches the Prescription for a Healthy Energy Future for Europe, to shine a light on the health benefits the transformation of the energy sector will bring, and bring to the forefront those areas where change is urgently needed. We will eventually include transport and food production as well.
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Grenzwertige Debatte: Der Streit um Stickoxide ist vor allem eins: Symptom für die verschlafene Mobilitätswende

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