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HEAL Newsletter - Edition 2, April 2018

World Health Organization and HEAL demand new urgency on air pollution
HEAL hosted a briefing in Brussels with the inspiring Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Public Health and Environment Department at the WHO, calling for decisive action on climate change and air pollution in Europe for the benefit of the citizens’ health. Read more…

10 cities, four continents: HEAL joins major new global urban health project launched in February
The Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) is a four-year Wellcome Trust funded project that will deliver key global research on the systems that connect urban development and health. Read more...

HEAL expert forum on healthy cities at Germany’s largest public health conference
The ‘Poverty and Health’ congress saw 2,500 participants, with HEAL running an expert forum on ‘The Healthy City of Tomorrow’, focusing on transport, energy efficiency and air quality. Read more...

Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health is out
HEAL co-authored a chapter on the role of civil society and organisations in this brilliant new publication with a foreword by Howard Frumkin, who has recently become the head of the Wellcome Trust’s new planetary health programme. Read more...

Public hearing in the European Parliament on EDCs, public health and the environment
HEAL’s Natacha Cingotti spoke at a joint Environment/Petitions committee hearing on the impact of EDCs on public health - and the major – yet untapped – public health and economic benefits regulating them would bring. Read more…

Swept under the rug: EPHA-HEAL briefing on hazardous toxics in European carpets
A new briefing shows over 59 hazardous chemicals can be found in carpets produced and sold in the European Union, including endocrine disruptors and carcinogens – available in English, Dutch, French, and German. Read more…

US study confirms bisphenol A is linked to development of ADHD
A systematic review published by US researchers shows bisphenol A - a known endocrine disrupting chemical - has effects on brain development and is a presumed a human hazard for ADHD. Read more...

HEAL calls for Europe’s leadership on international chemical framework at SAICM meeting
A European non-toxic environment strategy could lead the way towards an ambitious international chemical framework beyond 2020, HEAL stressed at a global intergovernmental meeting on the Strategic Approach for International Chemical Management in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more...

HEAL toolkit puts spotlight on health effects of coal in three Turkish ‘coal hotspot’ cities
Massive investments into new coal power generation are being planned in Turkey, worsening an already poor air quality situation and threatening people’s health. A new HEAL toolkit aims to support the local health community engaged to prevent new coal power plants. Read more…

Exchange on health and climate action with Italian Sentinel Physicians for the Environment
The newly founded Italian Network of Sentinel Physicians for the Environment (RIMSA) aims to raise awareness and advocate on climate and health issues. HEAL’s Eva Takaria presented at their event. Read more…

Unmask My City campaign launched in Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina has the second highest mortality rate from air pollution worldwide - HEAL, together with Bosnian doctors and health groups issued an urgent call to improve air quality in Tuzla and Lukavac, joining the global Unmask My City campaign for clean air. Read more...

HEAL letter to EU Enlargement Commissioner raises concerns on climate and air quality in Western Balkans
Health groups urged the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, to raise clean air measures and cutting pollution with Western Balkan leaders, ahead of his visit to the region. Read more…

EU Court of Justice ruling on state of air quality in Poland - a wake up call
The European Court of Justice ruled in February that Poland has infringed EU laws on ambient air quality. HEAL welcomed this wake-up call for the Polish government and called for concrete steps to improve air quality in the country. Read more…

Inspiring Communication on air quality and health
Local authorities play an important role in clean air efforts. A new survey invites decision-makers to share inspiring practices, to feed into a toolkit developed as part of the EU’s urban air quality agenda. Read more...

Members’ news

- Breast Cancer UK - New study to investigate bisphenol links to breast cancer.

- EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations) - EFA launches Atopic Eczema working group

- EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations) - 230 health organisations ask the EU for more health action. Sign the petition to add your voice.

- Générations Futures - Residues of pesticides found in fruits and vegetables in France

- Générations Futures - Pesticide Action Week 2018

- PAN Europe - 10 cities from Italy join European Network of Pesticide Free Towns

- PAN Europe - Joint PAN Europe and Ecologistas en Acción report reveals presence of 47 pesticides in Spanish rivers

- RES (Réseau Environnement Santé) - Event on 20 March 2018 in Poitiers on EDCs and water


- HEAL briefing: “Detoxing Carpet - Pathways Towards Safe and Recyclable Carpet in a Truly Circular Economy” (available in English, Dutch, Frenchand German)

- Infographic - The European Carpet Market (available in English, French, Dutchand German)

- Infographic - What are the health impacts of toxic chemicals possibly present in carpets? (available in English, French, Dutchand German)

- HEAL Balkans March newsletter

- HEAL Toolkit - Coal Power Generation and Health in Three Regions of Turkey: Çanakkale, Izmir and Tekirdag

- HEAL Briefing - Eight demands on clean air for Europe


April 2018

- 2 April 2018: World Autism Awareness Day
- 7 April 2018: World Health Day with focusing on Universal Health Coverage
- 10 April 2018: Public forum on health effects of particular matter
- 10 - 11 April 2018: Environment Council meeting
- 16 - 19 April 2018: European Parliament Plenary Session
- 22 April 2018: Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution
- 23 - 24 April 2018: International conference on ‘The impact of global change on the emergence of plant diseases and pests in Europe’ organised by ANSES
- 25 April 2018: - World Malaria Day
- 28 April 2018 - International Workers’ Memorial Day with theme ‘Unionised Workplaces are Safer Workplaces’

May 2018

- 1 May 2018: World Asthma Day
- 2 - 3 May 2018: European Parliament mini Plenary Session
- 12 May 2018: International Nurses Day
- 22 May 2018: International Day for Biological Diversity
- 25 - 31 May 2018: European Week Against Cancer
- 28 - 31 May 2018: European Parliament Plenary Session

Take Action

- Fill out our surveyto feed into a urban air quality toolkit

- Have your say on the European Commission’s plans to make car emissions testing more stringent (public consultation closes April 5)

- Get involved and sign the Europe Beyond Coal petition for faster action on coal

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuel subsidies and get involved in our ’Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’ campaign

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition

- Follow our HEAL Balkan pages on Facebookand Instagram

HEAL in the media

- Germany’s air pollution: Clean up or pay up?, Deutsche Welle, 29 January 2018

- Balkan Coal Costs Lives, Burden Economies, Balkan Green Energy News, 8 February 2018

- Air pollution legal action decision due in mid-March, Euractiv, 13 February 2018

- NGOs urge EU to take action over toxic carpets, Ends Europe, 5 March 2018

- La mauvaise qualité de l’air intérieur est sur le tapis, La Liberation, 14 March 2018

HEAL tweets

- What’s in your carpet? New report reveals toxics in European carpets threatening health, environment and #CircularEconomy: #DetoxingCarpets

- New subsidy for #FossilFuels in Turkeu will lead to increased #AirPollution. Poor air quality already causes approx. 30k early deaths/year.

- “Health should be the pulse of any new urban agenda”. Strong call from @DrMariaNeira @WHO for cities to #BreatheLife & #UnmaskMyCity

- Bad news for #health, and #CleanAir efforts: Poland gets a green light to use public money for massive investments in #coal for @EU_Commission. #CleanEnerhyEU #BeyondCoal @CANEurope

Originally posted on 3 April 2018

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