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HEAL Newsflash - April 2015

Midterm review of environment and health progress in the European Region
From 28 to 30 April a HEAL delegation will participate at the mid-term review meeting of the WHO European Environment and Health Process in Haifa, Israel. Read more…

Fifth symposium of Paris Appeal to focus on chemicals and EMF
The ECERI (European Cancer and Environment Research Institute), in partnership with ISDE (International Society of Doctors for the Environment), is organising the fifth conference of the Paris Appeal, at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels on 18 May. Read more...

Trade Secrets Directive: MEPs called upon to protect transparency, health and the environment
HEAL signed a joint statement strongly opposing a proposal by the EU Commission and Council for a new EU directive on trade secrets as it threatens free speech, health, the environment and worker mobility. Read more…

ECHA EDCs group considers first phthalate
In its fourth meeting to date, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Expert Group on EDCs have discussed a phthalate, dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP). Member State Sweden asked the group to provide advice on its endocrine disrupting properties, to see if it would be suitable for the REACH most harmful list of chemicals. Read more...

HEAL participates in EU Commission meeting on EDCs
The EU Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) has started a series of Roundtables to inform various stakeholders, MEPs and EU country officials of the Impact Assessment process on the criteria to identify EDCs. HEAL attended the first meeting on 25 March. Read more...

HEAL resource: Impacts of EDCs and pesticides on pregnant women and children
HEAL produced a resource pack on the occasion of Pesticide Action Week 2015, offering practical advice to pregnant women and parents-to-be on how to reduce exposure to chemicals and pesticides in daily live for themselves and children. Read more…

Disclose fracking chemicals, EU tells firms
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has asked firms to disclose which chemicals they are using for fracking. A new use category for ‘oil and gas field fracturing products’ for registering chemicals under the REACH regulation has been created. Read more…

HEAL and Pesticide Action Week call for reductions in pesticide use
During Pesticides Action Week 2015, HEAL organised a photo and video action with mothers, fathers, young women, banners and bikes to call on the EU for reductions in pesticide use. MEP Michele Rivasi joined the group outside the EU Commission on 25 March. Read more…

WHO study concludes that glyphosate may cause cancer
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has recently classified the pesticide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. HEAL and several other public interest groups believe this should prompt a rethink of the EU’s authorisation of this substance. Read more…

Voices of victims of Pesticides website launched
HEAL joined a coalition of national and European NGOs to bring together the voices of victims of pesticides. A new website dedicated to tell their stories was launched by PAN Europe on the first day of Pesticide Action Week 2015. Read more…

Germany’s new energy instrument would mean better health
The government’s plans to increase efforts to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector have been met with fierce resistance. In letters to chancellor Merkel, economic minister Gabriel and health minister Groehe, HEAL and member WECF underline that these plans are not only good news for the climate, but also for health, and they should not be weakened. Read more…

UK faces European court over coal plant emissions
Figures released from HEAL on the health costs of coal power in the UK have been used with regards to a plant in the UK which faces the European count over its emissions. Read more…

New report on benefits of more ambitious climate action include health and jobs
HEAL welcomes a new report elaborated by the New Climate Institute with support from Climate Action Network (CAN), assessing the co-benefits of more ambitious climate action, which means better health. Read more…

City ranking on air pollution
HEAL welcomes the second edition of the city ranking on air quality activities by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). Read more…

Poland: future Czeczott coal plant on hold
Following the overturn of an environmental permit to build the new coal power plant, the Polish investor has now put the project on hold. HEAL together with local citizens and other groups have repeatedly raised concerns about this new coal plant and provided evidence on possible health impacts. Read more…

HEAL on Polish Radio programme
HEAL’s Coal and Health Adviser Lukasz Adamkiewicz recently spoke about the National Air Protection Program on Polish Radio Station One. Read more…

Health impacts of residential heating with wood and coal
HEAL welcomes a new WHO Europe report describing the health effects of and policy options for dealing with residential heating with wood and coal in Europe and the US. Read more…

Cutting mercury emissions, improving people’s health
A joint position paper by HEAL, EEB, WWF, Greenpeace, Client Earth, AirClim and Change Partnership focuses on the need to cut mercury emissions to improve health and the environment. The current overhaul of EU air policy and the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC) is therefore a timely opportunity. Read more…

Members’ news

- EPHA - Searching for Europe’s ’added value’ for health

- EFA - European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma

- WECF – The Sustainable Nursery

- ELF - Air quality in nursing homes affecting lung health of residents

- Generations Cobayes – Protect our hormones video (FR)

- Foundation Alborada - Why is organic food more “valuable”?

- WECF - Workshop on hazardous chemicals and REACH for sustainable entrepreneurs


- YouTube video: MEP Michèle Rivasi joins HEAL to call for reductions in pesticide use

- Photos from Pesticide Action Week EU action

- Resource pack: Advice on impacts of EDCs pesticides on pregnant women


April 2015

- 11: EU Parkinson’s Day
- 14 – 16, Brussels, Belgium: Informal Environment and Energy Council
- 15, The Hague, Netherlands: WECF symposium with Ministry of Environment and Chemical Industry
- 18, Global day of action, TTIP
- 23, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with MEPs on EDC criteria
- 24, Brussels, Belgium: Health Commissioner consults with Member States on EDC criteria
- 28, Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Conference on urban design, green space and human health
- 28: CHE Partnership Call: A High Price to Pay: Burden of Disease & Costs of EDCs in the EU
- 29 – 30, Haifa, Israel: WHO Mid Term Review

May 2015

- 5: World Asthma Day
- 18, Brussels, Belgium: Fifth Paris Appeal on electromagnetic fields and chemicals
- 18-19, Malaga, Spain: EFA 2015 AGA
- 18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly
- 22: Earth Day

June 2015

- 1, Brussels Belgium: European Commission conference on EDCs
- 3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week
- 19-20, Paris, France: Conference on climate change and health
- 24, Paris, France: ANSES conference - ‘Health risks, precaution and innovation’

Take Action

- petition to Chancellor Merkel to maintain Germany’s reputation as a climate leader

- Consultation for harmonised classifcation & labelling on biocide 5-chloro-2-(4-chlorophenoxy)phenol - Deadline 24 April 2015

- REACH Authorisation - Consultation on application for low volumes & extension of transitional arrangements for uses in legacy spare parts - Deadline 30 April 2015

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils

- WECF NL Petition to Dutch Health Minister: ’I don’t want EDCs for my baby’

HEAL in the media

- UK faces European court over coal plant emissions
Euractiv, 2 April 2015

- Limiting climate change could have huge economic benefits, study finds
Guardian, 31 March 2015

- Lack of EU action on hormone disruptors ’completely criminal’
Parliament Magazine, 27 March 2015

- NGOs call for action on EU pesticide use (including 2 interviews)
Euranet Plus, 25 March 2015

- Tablica Mendelejewa wisi w powietrzu. Czym oddychają Polacy?
Gazeta Wyborcza, 19 March 2015

- [Zanieczyszczenie Powietrza] Ekolodzy: Rządowy program to za mało, by przestali umierać Polacy->]
Polska the Times, 10 March 2015

- Eksperci: Krajowy Program Ochrony Powietrza nie oczyści atmosfery, 9 March 2015

HEAL Tweets

- #Traffic-related #airpollution linked to type 1 #diabetes in #children | @HealthandEnv @Green_Europe @cleanairlondon
- ENDS Europe | Health professionals demand fracking ban via @endseurope
- .@Pesticide_Act thanks to @Veillerette @genefutures a new book on #EDCs & the invisible threat @EDCFree
- .@ciel_tweets #EU-US trade deal #TTIP threatens to lower standards of protection from toxic #pesticides #TTIPTuesday
- .@Pesticide_Act Farmers who are ‘victims of #pesticides’ call for #EU action on them @Europarl_EN @PhilHoganEU
- RT @NewsdeskHEALTH: New knowledge strengthens risk assessment of chemical cocktails in food #EDCFree

Originally posted on 9 April 2015

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