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HEAL Newsflash - December 2015

COP21: Tackling climate change means boosting health
The health community welcomes the agreement of COP21 as a solid stepping stone for future action. HEAL worked hard to bring the health concerns to the climate debate, especially to ensure that every policy, investment or intervention to cope with climate change are those with significant health co-benefits. Read more…

MEPs urged to reject new test on real-world driving emissions
Leading transport, health and environmental groups, together with Euro-cities are calling on the European Parliament to reject a new test on emissions from real world driving, as it would allow for greater air pollution. Read more…

Commission breached EU law by delaying criteria on EDCs
A rare and crucial court judgement against the EU Commission was released today. The EU Court of Justice found in favour of Sweden’s case against the Commission for failing to fulfil its legal obligations regarding EDCs. Read more...

135,733 Europeans call to ban glyphosate
On 9 December, 16 public interest organisations delivered a petition from over 100,000 Europeans to the EU Commission to ban glyphosate, classified by IARC as a probable carcinogen. Read more...

Turkey: Promoting integration of health evidence in energy decisions
The Iskenderun Bay region in Turkey faces a huge health challenge with plans to build around 20 new coal-fired power plants. A state court recently ruled that cumulative impact assessments need to be carried out for all new projects, to assess the total burden from pollution. Read more…

Call for Action on climate delivered to German Health Minister Groehe
50 organisations and individuals from the German health sector including HEAL are urging the German government to take more decisive action to protect our health from climate change, including to develop a national phase out plan for coal power generation. Read more…

Public Health recommendations for strong EU air quality law (NEC)
Ahead of the EU Environment Council meeting on 16 December, health organisations including HEAL, sent a letter to the Ministers of Environment and Ministers of Health of the EU Member States, urging them to support saving the lives of tens of thousands Europeans lost each year. Read more…

EU takes Poland to court over air quality
Poland has one of the worst air quality in the EU with more than 40,000 citizens dying prematurely due to high concentrations of particular matter and other pollutants. On 10 December, the EU Commission referred Poland to the European Court of Justice over lack of action for cleaner air. Read more…

Successful webinar on smog in Poland
HEAL in Poland organised a webinar for journalists interested in the issue of smog. Experts working on clean air informed them about a range of topics from air quality laws to scientific and health issues. The webinar took place as almost the whole country was experiencing a smog episode. Read more…

Webinar on mercury and health in the Balkans
As part of HEAL’s work on mercury and health, a webinar took place in November on the emerging public health threat from increasing mercury exposure in the Western Balkans. Read more...

EU and Member States should rapidly ratify the Minamata Convention on mercury An open letter co-signed by HEAL and many other public interest groups urges Commissioners to speed up ratifying the mercury convention, and not let the Better regulation agenda get in the way of the EU’s international commitments. Read more...

Members’ news

- Generations Futures - A French prize for a healthy diet and quality food for all

- EFA - Access to health services in the EU

- Alborada Foundation - Free course and webinars on EDCs

- One Health Sweden - One of our recent speakers just received an award!

- Générations Futures - International Monsanto Tribunal

- Générations Cobayes - Activites at COP21


- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target



- 16, Brussels, Belgium: Meeting of the EU Environment Ministers

- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

January 2016

- 1: Start of Dutch Presidency of the European Council

- 21 - 22, Paris, France: International workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health

February 2016

- 4: World Cancer Day

- 13: Fossil fuel free day

Take Action

- WeMove.EU - Petition to EU to ban glyphosate

- Climate change calls to action

- Keep up to date with EDC-Free Europe news!

HEAL in the media

- Commission loses chemicals case, but sticks to its plan
Politico (subscription only) 16 December 2015

- New Prescription for Global Health
Green TV for COP21 Daily News

- COP21 : l’Ordre appelle les médecins à s’impliquer
Le Quotidien du Medecin

- Svetski samit o uticaju klimatskih promena na zdravlje
Nedeljnk (Serbian press)

- COP 21: la santé cherche sa place
Journal de l’environnement and Euractiv

- Le climat est avant tout une question de santé publique
CNOM Newsletter, December 2015

- Setki ofiar ataku smogu w Polsce. Ile nas to kosztuje?, 26 November 2015

HEAL tweets
- Health professionals are asking for ’health’ in Article 2 of #COP21 text #ClimateHealth @GCHAlliance
- "Only 3 out of every 100 Polish citizens can breath #cleanair" says @wpiestrzynska @HEALPolska #ClimateHealth
- "Climate action also brings #health benefits - you can’t ask for more!" - DG Chan @WHO side event #ClimateHealth
- 135,733 Europeans call to ban #glyphosate!
- .@EU_Commission releases list of 700 chemicals to be assessed for hormone disrupting properties #EUEDC #EDCFree

Originally posted on 17 December 2015

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