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HEAL Newsflash - Summer 2015

Medics offer a healthy boost for a stronger Paris climate agreement
HEAL welcomes the conclusion of the renowned Lancet Commission on health and climate change 2015 that ‘tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century’.
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Walking the circle – Four guiding pillars for a Circular Economy
Civil society organisations including HEAL highlight four key areas that must be addressed by the EU to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits. Read more…

Nature Alert: Nature, Health and well-being
The EU Commission is currently consulting on the EU’s Nature Directives, as part of a REFIT check. Our natural world provides for many benefits to health and well-being, so it is crucial that protection efforts are strengthened and laws upheld, not weakened. Read more...

EU Commission Vice President talks health in climate meetings
HEAL welcomes the emphasis placed on health implications by EU Commission Vice President Sefkovic at the EU-Serbia High Level Conference on Climate Change last month. Read more…

HEAL advocates for prevention of health impacts of hazardous chemicals
HEAL’s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer recently encouraged ministerial representatives of the European region to increase activities for the prevention of effects of hazardous chemicals on human health. This includes providing information materials for the public, particularly vulnerable groups. Read more…

Two more chemicals added to the REACH high concern list
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently decided to include two more substances or substance groups to the list of chemicals of very high concern (SVHC). Read more…

EDCs and Future Generations: Time for the EU to Take Action
MEP Nicola Caputo recently hosted an event with HEAL member Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-E) on EDCs and the need for immediate regulatory action. Read more…

HEAL webinar series on the road to Paris
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’’. The next webinar on 8 September will present good practice from the health sector to mitigate climate change. Read more…

HEAL participates in Paris events on climate and health
Six months ahead of COP21, HEAL is actively involved in several conferences on health and climate change taking place in and around the city. Read more…

French declaration on strengthening health in climate negotiations
The French Public Health Association, the French Society of Environmental Health and the French Medical Council, supported by several European and international health associations, including HEAL demand a greater focus on health during COP21 later this year. Read more…

MEPs put health first in key air vote
HEAL welcomes today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the new EU National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC). Read more...

EFA: Allergy and asthma patients need clean air in Europe
Leading European experts and policy-makers from the allergy, asthma, health and environmental fields including HEAL, recently came together to discuss the ongoing EU efforts to review clean air legislation in Europe. Read more…

HEAL highlights health impacts of air pollution on Polish breakfast TV
The past months have seen an increase in media attention and public debates on the health impacts of air pollution in Poland. HEAL’s coal and health adviser Łukasz Adamkiewicz spoke about the topic on a popular morning Polish TV show "Question for Breakfast". Read more…

HEAL supports ‘More than Energy’ initiative in Poland
‘More than Energy’ is a nation-wide coalition in Poland, made up of local governments, institutions, NGOs and individuals, wishing to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy sources. HEAL in Poland is a partner of this initiative. Read more…

Members’ news

- Fundación Alborada – International experts make statement on environmental health

- Alliance for Cancer Prevention – Open letter to Breast Cancer Now

- Initiativ Liewensufank - Climate change and health publication

- EPHA – Public Health Omitted From Trade Policy Day - Key Public Health Demands

- ERS – Roundtable on lung cancer in Europe

- EFA - More Europeans allergic to pollen if no measure is taken to reduce exposure

- ELF - Air pollution increases child hospital admissions for lung conditions

- EUROPAEM - Workshop in the Federal Environment Agency

- WEN – ‘Endocrination’ screening in London

- C2DS – Guide on sustainable development and best practices in healthcare

- AIM – 34th General Assembly=561]


- HEAL Webinar series (1) COP21 – Recording: Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health



- 12 – 17 July, Barcelona, Spain: Global Health Summer School on Climate Change & Health

- 15, Brussels, Belgium: Screening of Merchants of Doubt, HEAL co-organiser - Register here

- 23 June, London, UK: Summer Gathering, organised by Women’s Environment Network (WEN)


- 1: World Breastfeeding week

- 31 August – 4 September, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations


- 2, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA AGA – HEAL joint session on climate and health

- 8 (TBC): HEAL webinar: Climate and health in the WHO European Region

- 10 – 14 Poland: Spirometry Week

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

- 26: World Environment Health day

- 30: World Heart Day


- 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

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

- 19: Global Frackdown Day

- 22: Global Day of Action Against Coal

Take Action

- Call for young scientists: "New voices in global health" – Deadline 31 July

- Nature Alert! Take action to save nature! - Deadline 24 July 2015

- Stop TTIP and CETA – Deadline October 2015

- Call on MEPs to keep ISDS out of TTIP

- The urgent case for a ban on fracking – Food and Water Europe petition

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils

HEAL in the media

“Chats on negotiations”
Page 4, Belgrade Open, June 2015

- Coal’s health threat
The Times, 26 June 2015

- Lancet study: Climate change can destroy 50 years of health and development
Euractiv, 23 June 2015

- HEAL in Pro Morning Energy
Politico, 23 June 2015

- ECHA committee recommends BPA restriction in thermal paper
Chemical Watch, 11 June 2015 (subscription only)

- HEAL on Polish breakfast TV
VID, 11 June 2015

HEAL tweets
- Help support @HealthyPlanetUK to build the #health #divestment movement @crowdfunderuk
- Scientific experts @Europarl_EN #EDCs event hosted by MEP @NicolaCaputo @EuropePAN #BringScienceBack
- .@ecologiEnergie @RoyalSegolene Les médecins vous demandent d’inclure la santé dans les négociations climat #COP21
- .@GenonHEAL: Excited about doctors in #Turkey stepping forward & supporting our #coal report @Minist_Sante @COP21
- Take Action! Stop #TTIP and CETA via @eci_ttip @TTIPAction @TTIPNews
- Short term exposure to air pollution and stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis #cleanair

Last updated on 16 July 2015

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The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


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