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HEAL’s latest report kicks off coal and health campaign in Europe

‘The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick’ marks the beginning of a coal and health campaign in which HEAL will work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health.

HEAL’s latest report, which highlights that the health cost of coal-fired power stations add a financial burden to the EU population of up to €42.8 billion a year, has received widespread media and policy attention. The report marks the beginning of a coal and health campaign for HEAL in Europe. Launched during the EU Year of Air, the report highlights important opportunities to improve public health through cleaner air.

Medical professionals are already starting to address climate change through coal in Australia, Canada and India which link to HEAL’s work as part of global working group on coal and health. The 2011 British Medical Journal (BMJ) conference statement supported by over 500 health and security experts called on governments to ban the building of unabated coal power plants and to phase out the operation of existing coal-fired plants.

HEAL´s report focuses on coal power plants in Europe and provides testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and European policy-makers and the health community on how to address the unpaid health bill and ensure that it is taken into account in future energy decisions.

More information on the report here

Originally posted on 11 April 2013

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