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HEAL Newsflash - March 2013

How is coal pollution making us sick?

The health costs of coal-fired power stations add a financial burden to the European population of up to €42.8 billion a year. This is the conclusion of a new HEAL report entitled ‘The unpaid health bill: How coal power plants make us sick’, which provides the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe. Read more...

7th EAP kick-off debate in the European Parliament

Discussions on the EU’s environmental priorities until 2020 have started in the European Parliament and among Member States. EP rapporteur Gaston Franco and MEPs recently presented their views in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. Better implementation and increased communication to citizens were two key issues that emerged during the discussion. Read more...

Winner of ’Health and Environment Film Prize’ announced

Ed Brown won the first-ever health and environment film prize for his documentary film “Unacceptable levels’’ at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival (FIFE). The prize was established by a partnership between FIFE, the festival organisers and HEAL. Read more...

European Parliament vote on EDCs conveys urgency

The European Parliament vote on 14 March adopting MEP Asa Westlund’s report on the protection of public health from EDCs reflects the serious concern and strong desire to see comprehensive and multifaceted EU policy action. Read more...

WHO/UNEP report calls endocrine disruptors a ’global threat’

A new report by the World Health Organization and the UN Environment Programme concludes that evidence linking hormone-disrupting chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed. Read more...

SIN List update: more chemicals for REACH’s hazardous list, and producer information

The newly released version 2.1 of the SIN (Substitute It Now!) List contains 626 chemicals that the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) has identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) based on the criteria established by the EU chemical regulation, REACH. Read more...

20 - 30 March 2013 - Global event: Pesticide Action Week

The 8th edition of Pesticide Action Week takes place from 20 – 30 March with a special focus on endocrine disrupting pesticides, aiming to showcase the growing alternatives to pesticides. HEAL and its members will actively participate during this week. Read more...

‘The Climate Bonus: Co-benefits of Climate Policy’

Cleaner air, better health and a more efficient economy are some of the many co-benefits from investing in climate mitigation explains environmental policy expert Alison Smith in her new book ‘The Climate Bonus’. HEAL believes the assessment is food for thought for the upcoming deliberations on the 2030 climate and energy framework. Read more …

Canadian doctors urged to fight climate change

Medical professionals in Canada are looking into how climate change can lead to various public health problems. A recent editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal lays out this latest evidence and urges doctors to become more vocal in demanding climate action. Read more …

NGOs set strategic priorities on air quality

Sixty environmental, health and citizens’ NGOs from across the EU urge the European Commission to come forward with three priority actions to put the EU on track for cleaner air. The adoption of ambitious emission reduction commitments in the revised NEC Directive, sector legislation to cut emissions from all major sources; and enforcement and strengthening of ambient air quality limit values are crucial to improve health and environment. Read more...

Air pollution increases chances of low birth-weight babies

A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that air pollution in towns and cities increases the chances of women giving birth to small babies. Pollution from particulate matter has been linked with up to a 10% risk increase of low-weight babies. Read more …

HEALer Anne Stauffer receives a Clean Air London 2013 Award for her tireless work on air quality

Environmental campaign group Clean Air in London (CAL) has awarded a number of individuals, including HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer in recognition of their work to improve air quality in the capital. The Awards recognise 24 people who have made a valuable personal contribution to improving air quality in London. Read more …

Aphekom WP5 paper on health benefits of reducing urban air pollution

The APHEKOM project aimed to provide new, clear and useful information on the health effects of air pollution in Europe. It assessed the health and monetary benefits of reducing short and long term exposure to PM and ozone in 25 European cities. Read more...

Members’ news




  • 15 March - Sheffield, UK: Conference - Carcinogens in the workplace - More information here
  • 15-16 March - São Paulo, Brazil: 3rd International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society - More information here
  • 19 - 20 March - Aronsborg, Balsta: IEE 4th Scientific meeting ’One Health-Cooperation and Vision’ - More information here
  • 20 - Brussels, Belgium: EFSA event ´Human health and environmental risks of endocrine active substances – EFSA meets stakeholders´ - More information here
  • 20-30 March – Global: Pesticide Action Week - More information here
  • 22 – Brussels, Belgium: 75th Anniversary of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine - International Symposia - More information here
  • 23 - 24 March - Paris, France: De l’indignation à l’engagement: la santé environnement: un vrai enjeu? - More information here
  • 28 – Paris, France: Développement durable en santé management du 21e siècle - More information here


  • 4 – Paris, France: Colloque - Environnement, Chimique, Obésité, Diabète : un constat pour une meilleure prévention, by RES and Mutualité Francaise - More information here
  • 26 - Paris, France: Endocrine disruption: Public Health’s new frontier? by RES & Générations Futures. Lecture by Pr. Andreas Kortenkamp - To attend please contact by 18 April


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  • Full media monitoring coverage 15 March 2013 here


HEAL tweets

  • This is your body on #coal. See the total #healthimpacts of #coal power in our new report:
  • #HormoneDisruptors. Support the solid cross group compromise on @AsaWestlund #EDCs report. #EDCfree #EDCStrategy
  • WHO #air #pollution review prompts new #EU policy promises @WH
  • via @Europolitics Disappointment over @Europarl_EN vote on #noise limits

Last updated on 22 May 2013

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