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HEAL Newsflash - September 2015

HEAL supports call to G20 Finance Ministers to phase-out fossil fuel subsidies
In the lead-up to the G20 Summit in November, 66 civil society organisations, including HEAL, call on the G20 finance ministers and the Turkish G20 Presidency to advance commitments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and support ambitious climate action. Turkey should particularly hear this call as 80 new coal power plants are in the pipeline. Read more…

Endocrine Society awards for outstanding public service announced
The Outstanding Public Service Award is one of the Endocrine Society’s prestigious 2016 Laureate Awards, recognising the highest achievements in the endocrinology field, raising awareness of the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Read more…

New HEAL webinars on climate change and health
In the run-up to the international climate negotiations this December, HEAL is organising a series of webinars entitled “COP21: Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health”. This month, a webinar in English and one in French focused on health sector engagement in the climate negotiations. Read more…

What future for European biomonitoring?
HEAL’s Genon K. Jensen and Lisette van Vliet, are among the co-authors of an article setting out policy recommendations on European human biomonitoring (HBM) in the latest journal edition of ‘Environmental Research’. Read more…

Call to EU to ban the recycling of materials containing toxic flame retardants
HEAL supports an open letter signed by public interest groups worldwide, to the EU Commissioner for Environment, highlighting the need to stop DecaBDE, reappearing in recycled products. Read more…

Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning
In the September issue of Epidemiology, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) call for a concerted global effort to eliminate lead poisoning. HEAL supports this call for action as an important contribution to the work of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, where HEAL serves on the advisory group. Read more…

Victory for famer Paul Francois in lawsuit against Monsanto
Great news for Paul Francois, a large scale French cereal farmer who has won an eight year legal battle against Monsanto, after he was intoxicated by the one of their products. The Court of Appeal of Lyon (France) delivered the positive verdict last week. Read more…

HEAL supports appeal for a ban of highly hazardous pesticides
Nearly 400 organisations from 100 countries including HEAL call on governments and corporations to take concrete steps towards a progressive ban on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and their substitution with eco-system-based alternatives. Read more…

Impacts of coal on health in Serbia highlighted
In an interview for the ‘Open School Belgrade’ in Serbia, Vlatka Matkovic Puljic, HEAL’s Project Coordinator on Energy and Health for South and Central East European countries, highlights public health threats from coal and Serbia’s climate change ambition. Read more…

HEAL invites signatures to German Call for Action on climate and health
Over the next weeks HEAL will be collecting signatures in support of a Call for Action on climate and health, which is directed at the German government. Seven recommendations, how health protection and climate mitigation can be promoted jointly, will be handed over to the German minister for health. Read more…

November is Global Frackdown Month
In 2015, Global Frackdown Day takes place the entire month of November ahead of the climate negotiations COP21, and HEAL is a partner in the joint efforts. HEAL recently signed a letter to Heads of States and Parliamentarians to oppose fracking, highlighting the impacts on public health and the environment. Read more…

Turkey: Using health evidence in coal lawsuit
Citizens of Bursa, the fourth biggest city in Turkey, are concerned about their health as a new coal-fired power plant is planned in order to supply power to the factories in the area. Recent measurements in the city show that the air quality is critical or unhealthy. Read more…

Raising awareness on air pollution through Spirometry testing
Dozens of people took part in Spirometry tests during an action in the centre of Katowice on the occasion of the Third Polish Spirometry Days, an initiative of HEAL in Poland and the Society for Earth (Towarzystwo na Rzecz Ziemi). Katowice is one of the most polluted cities in Poland. Read more…

EUPHA Workshop on coal and health with public health specialists
HEAL will actively participate at the 8th European Public Health (EPH) Conference from 14-17 October, with a workshop on the external health costs of coal power generation and prevention opportunities. Read more…

Members’ news

- Environment and Health Fund – Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference

- Fundacion Alborada – New documentary about Chemical Sensitivity

- Breast Cancer UK - New handbag guide to harmful chemicals found in everyday products

- Generations Cobayes – World Water Week in Stockholm

- EPHA – Annual conference

- C2DS – Towards a world without EDCs (FR)

- CPES - Chemicals in the circular economy

- ERS - Final meeting of ACCEPTED research project, 23 October 2015

- Generations Cobayes – Summer Action on Festivals

- EFA - Patients’ perspective to the WHO Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases



- 17-18, Geneva, Switzerland: Swiss Public Health Conference

- 26: World Environment Health day

- 28 September - 2 October, Geneva, Switzerland: HEAL participates at International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), the governing body of UNEP’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

- 30: World Heart Day


- Online course: MOOC Climate Change & Health for Policy-Makers

- 1 -31: National Breast Cancer Awareness month

- 9-10: Global Day to Reclaim Power against dangerous, harmful and dirty energy systems

- 11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit - HEAL speaking

- 12, Berlin, Germany: HEAL Lancet Commission on Health and Climate event

- 14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices - HEAL organising workshop

- 19, Brussels, Belgium: EEB 2015 Annual Conference

- 22: Global Day of Action Against Coal

- 25 – 31: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

- 27, Israel: Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference (EHF)

- 28-29, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly


- Global Frackdown Month

- 14: World Diabetes Day

- 15: World COPD Day

- 15 – 16, Turkey: G20 summit

- 24 – 25: 6th Environment and Health French national congress (SFSE) – HEAL speaking

- 30 – 11, Paris, France: UNFCCC COP21 climate negotiations


- 4, Paris France: HEAL side event, “Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate” in collaboration with Conseil National de l’Ordre des Médecins (CNOM), World Medical Association, COP21

- 5, Paris, France: Global Climate and Health Summit

- 9, Paris, France: HEAL UNFCCC COP21 side event in collaboration with Monaco

Take Action

- Join the doctors’ call to action and sign the petition to ask the EU for better health and environmental legislation!

- SEE Change Net petition for Energy for the long run

- Stop TTIP and CETA – Deadline October 2015

- Call on MEPs to keep ISDS out of TTIP

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils

- ISEE Call for Action for Global Control of Lead Exposure to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

HEAL in the media

Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths
The Guardian, 10 September 2015

The Cost of Subsidizing Fossil Fuel Production In Turkey
Oil Change International, 8 September 2015

HEAL in Poland in Health Magazine Moda na Zdrowie - p72 - p73 - p74 - p75
Summer 2015

HEAL tweets
- We’re looking for dynamic, motivated and conscientious social media intern! Interested? More info here
- ’Coal burning costs UK between £2.5 & £7bn from premature deaths’ @ClimateAirHEAL on @CANEurope’s #coalmap @guardian
- @George_Osborne During #G20 meeting, remember coal power costs Europe up to €42bn/yr in #health costs=indirect fossil fuel subsidies
- Is it too late to stop Turkey’s coal rush? #keepingitintheground #coal @GCHA
- During #world breastfeedingweek why not check out IBFAN’s breastfeeding briefs #EDCFree #climatehealth

Last updated on 18 September 2015

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