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HEAL participates at the 18th International Conference on Environmental Health in Children

HEALer Julia Huscher participated at this conference in Poland to provide an overview on the effects of emissions from coal power plants on children’s health.

HEAL was kindly invited to speak at the conference organised by the Foundation for Children from Copper Basin, Poland.

The conference took place in the Polish region of Legnica and focused on the themes of toxic metals, allergy and asthma, air hygiene, environmental risks due to biological, chemical, climate and social factors. Around 50 scientists, health experts and health affected groups from Poland, Lithuania, Belorussia, Russia and Ukraine attended the conference.

Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Coal and Health officer, contributed to discussions by focusing on the results of HEAL’s latest report The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick which provides the first ever calculation of the effects of coal-fired power plants on chronic lung disease and some heart conditions in Europe. Coal power plants emit both a large amount of hazardous pollutants which contribute to air pollution and a large amount of mercury, which is a pollutant known to damage children’s brain and nervous system.

The report has been launched at EU level and also at national level in Germany and Poland which made it a significant talking point at the conference.

More information on The Unpaid Health Bill available here in English, Polish and German

Originally posted on 7 June 2013

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