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HEAL Newsflash - April 2014

Farmers who are ‘victims of pesticides’ call for EU action
Farmers of the French Phytovictims network called for urgent action on exposure to hazardous chemicals, especially on pesticides that can disrupt the human hormone system. Phytovictims brings together cereal farmers, vine growers and others whose health has been affected by pesticides. Read more…

HEAL participates on CHE call “Endocrine Disruption: Widening the Scope”
Executive Director Génon K. Jensen recently took part in one of the teleconference series on EDCs organised by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. This particular call focused on how chemicals in air pollution impact on children’s health. Read more…

Better training for health care professionals in environmental and health medicine
Belgium is taking the lead in strengthening the knowledge and capacities of healthcare professionals on environmental medicine. A basic training for medical students is also envisaged. These activities are an initiative of the National health-environment cell. Read more…

Congratulations to the winners of the Jean and Leslie Douglas “Pearl Award” for "providing a sustainable earth for future generations.’’
HEAL congratulates the three winners of the award – Arlene Blum, Theo Colborn and Pete Meyers - who have also contributed to our alliance’s work immensely over the years and continue to do so. Read more…

HEAL re-launches the Chemicals Health Monitor
The re-vamped monitoring service aims to improve public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals. With a website on chemicals and diseases and social media tools in English and German, HEAL wants to encourage health professionals to use and share the resources with patients and the public. Read more…

How TTIP could harm our health by affecting chemicals regulation
The EU and USA are negotiating an agreement which threatens to privilege corporations, and increase their influence in policy negotiations and implementation. In particular, the TTIP could also undermine the EU’s high level of protection against hazardous chemicals. Read more…

BPA is toxic to reproduction says European Chemicals Agency
The Risk Assessment Committee of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommends that the chemical Bisphenol A should receive an official EU classification as toxic to reproduction Category 1B. Read more…

Screening of Death is in the Fields raises awareness of harm to farmers from pesticides
On 27 March, a fully packed audience watched the first-ever screening of the documentary in Brussels and heard representatives of the French phytovictims association explain how pesticides have affected their lives. Read more…

Pesticide Action Week proves another great success
The 9th edition of Pesticide Action Week has been a great success, with a significant increase of participating countries and activities this year. Several HEAL members actively took part. Read more...

Health and medical organisations call for climate action in IPCC report
On 31 March the second working group of the IPCC launched their report for policymakers on impacts of climate change, vulnerability and adaptation. For the first time the health co-benefits of climate action were a special focus. Read more…

EU must lead on climate action says Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on EU leaders in Brussels to speed up the adoption of new 2030 climate and energy targets and lead the global effort against climate change. He highlighted that health was particularly at risk from climate change. Read more…

HEAL and EEB request EU Commission to review Polish pollution exemptions
HEAL and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) have submitted a request for internal review of an EU Commission decision regarding Polish emission exemptions. These are considered to be conflicting with ambient air quality standards for the protection of health. Read more…

Poland: policy changes needed to improve air quality
HEAL recently attended a conference at the Ministry of the Environment on possible changes in the law to improve air quality in the country. Measures discussed included a ban on low quality coal for household use and low emission zones. Read more…

HEAL presents views at Clean Air for Europe hearing
At an institutional hearing in Brussels, HEAL presented its view’s on the EU air package. Despite progress being made in the last decades, poor air quality is still a predominant environmental cause of death in the EU. Read more…

One in eight deaths are due to air pollution, says WHO
With new estimates, the WHO reports that in 2012 around seven million people died as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Read more…

Members’ news




  • 23: EFSA Stakeholder meeting on BPA opinion, Brussels, Belgium - More information here

May 2014

  • 6: World Asthma Day


  • 2 - 3 , Royal College of Physicians, London: Children with Cancer UK: Workshop on in utero exposure and cancer in children - More information here

HEAL in the media

HEAL tweets

  • via @bmj_latest Failing to act on #climatechange will cause great suffering doctors warn @GCHAlliance #climatehealth
  • Tell negotiators not to undermine chemical safety in US-EU trade deal: No #toxicpartnership for #TTIP!
  • Phyto-Victims passed by DG Agriculture today ahead of our film screening of La Mort est dans le pré @DacianCiolos
  • via @ENDSEurope Fewer countries comply with #air pollution caps @CleanAirLondon @CleanAirUK
  • #Pesticides and plagues in Lancet Neurology @TheLancet cites Philippe Grandjean @EDCFree

Last updated on 14 May 2014

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