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HEAL Newsletter - Edition 4, September 2017

HEAL report: World governments make citizens pay billions to destroy their own health HEAL launched the report ‘Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health’, providing the first-ever comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and the costs to health associated with air pollution from fossil fuels. Read more…

WHO report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) shows huge environmental prevention opportunities
HEAL welcomed a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), which highlights why environmental risk reduction is essential in NCD prevention and that 23% of deaths globally can be prevented through healthier environments. Read more…

Join HEAL at Global Climate & Health Summit in Germany
The Summit will focus, through a health lens, on action to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement and build momentum for increased ambition in climate commitments on November 11, 2017. HEAL is a co-organiser and will have an accredited UNFCCC health delegation in Bonn during the COP23 negotiations. Read more...

Meta-analysis finds that sperm concentration has halved in less than 40 years _New Meta-analysis finds that among men from North America, Europe and Australia, sperm concentration has declined more than 50% in less than 40 years and points toward importance of further investigation into environmental factors. Read more...

Sign our petition to ask Members of European Parliament to reject EDC criteria proposal!
A proposal to regulate endocrine disruptors (EDCs) will be voted on in the European Parliament on September 28th. Ask your politicians to put public health first and to reject this disastrous proposal! The petition is available in English, French, and German. Read more...

HEAL urges MEPs to reject European Commission’s proposal on endocrine disruptors
Ahead of a key vote on EDCs on 28 September, HEAL urges Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to reject the Commission’s unlawful and insufficient proposal. Read more...

Générations Futures: 53.3% of food samples analysed on French market contain glyphosate residues
53.3% of cereal- and leguminous products that are widely available in French supermarkets contain traces of glyphosate, demonstrate test results from HEAL member Générations Futures. Read more...

Giant weedkiller bottle torn down as Europe debates future of glyphosate
Citizens toppled a giant glyphosate bottle at the Schuman roundabout outside the European Commission to symbolise the demand of over 1.3 million people across Europe calling for a ban of the controversial weedkiller. Read more...

Save the date: Family-friendly climate march in Bonn, Germany
On the occasion of COP23, taking place in Bonn 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany, a broad network of organisations are calling on assembling for a climate march. HEAL will participate with a health delegation. Read more…

New rules hasten end for Europe’s dirtiest power plants
Europe’s most polluting power plants will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules. The new standards demand reductions in toxic emissions, yet businesses and governments appear unprepared. Read more…

Health groups criticise government report on diesel emissions for denying health impacts
Defeat devices in diesel vehicles have been causing unduly high emission rates of nitrous oxides, which cause serious effects on public health in Germany. Health groups are calling on delegates to reject the report in its current version. Read more…

HEAL joins German NGOs to call for swift implementation of pollution control regulation
In an open letter to two German ministries, HEAL joined six large German NGOs as well as the European Environment Bureau (EEB) in calling for a speedy implementation of new EU regulation to curb air pollution from power plants. Read more…

National governments must not use legal loopholes to hide failure on air quality
Nine EU Member States have asked the European Commission for permission to pollute above national limits set in EU law. Read more…

Members’ news

- Breast Cancer UK - Breast Cancer Prevention Week 2017

- Ecobaby Foundation - New research article highlighting the alterations in the programming of energy metabolism in adolescents with background exposure to dioxins, dl-PCBs and PBDEs

- Générations Futures - Perturbateurs Endocriniens: Demandez aux Eurodéputés de refuser une définition inefficace

- Réseau Environnement Santé (RES) - Save the date: Recontre des Villes et Territoires sans Perturbateurs Endocriniens, 10 October, Paris

- European Lung Foundation (ELF) - Healthy Lungs for Life campaign launched in Milan

- MedAct - New report and toolkit on hospitals and sustainable food

- International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) - Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and the battle to ban them


- New HEAL report: World governments make citizens pay billions to destroy their own health. Full report available here, July 2017


September 2017

- 24 - 29 September: First meeting of the Conference the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1)
- 26 September: World Environmental Health Day
- 28 September: Debate and vote on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the European Parliament’ ENVI committee
- 29 September: World Heart Day

October 2017

- 10 October: Reséau Environnement Santé event “Des Villes et Territoires Sans Perturbateurs Endocriniens”, Paris
- 10 October: World Mental Health Day
- 16 October: World Food Day
- 18 - 19 October: HEAL Annual General Assembly
- 22-28 October: International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action

November 2017

- 4 November: Family-friendly Climate March, Bonn, Germanyd
- 6 - 17 November: COP23, Bonn, Germany
- 11 November: Climate and Health Summit 2017, Bonn, Germany. Save the date!
- 14 November: World Diabetes Day
- 16 - 17 November: Clean Air Forum, Paris
- 24 November: Cinquième Journée de Santé Environnementale, organised by the Centre de Recherche en Santé Environnementale et Santé au Traivail, ULB

Take Action

- SumOfUs and EDC-Free Europe petition to tell the European Parliament to put public health first and to ban EDCs. Petition is available in English, French, German

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

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

HEAL in the media

- Addressing endocrine disrupting chemicals requires an integrated strategy, HEAL opinion piece in Euractiv, 20 July 2017

- Fossil fuel subsidies racking up trillions in health costs, EurActiv, 27 July 2017

- Staaten finanzieren Luftverschmutzung,Tagesspiegel Newsletter and Interview with Rainer Sauerborn, 26 July 2017

- Choose health, end fossil fuel subsidies, The Hindustan Times, Op-ed with Prof Kirk Smith, 27 July 2017

- Fossil fuel subsidies are a relic of the past, The Telegraph 11 August 2017

- EU adopts definition of endocrine disruptors in biocides, Ends Europe, 4 September 2017

- Overheid subsidieert fossiele brandstoffen: een zware prijs voor de volksgezondheid, VRT, 11 September 2017

HEAL tweets

- Are you aware of the #hiddenpricetags of #fossilfuelsubsidies? Read our new report &see how #health is at stake

- NEW @WHO report on #NCDs shows 23% of all deaths globally can be prevented through healthier environments: #RC67

- Join our petition & demand MEPs to put our health and environment first by rejecting the #EDCs criteria! #EDCFree

Originally posted on 27 September 2017

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