Global | New Solutions Article on Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

Global | New Solutions Article on Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

“From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy”

The Healthy Energy Initiative team is pleased to share a new article published in the peer-reviewed journal New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. The article appears in a special issue on “Health, Environmental Policy and the Extractive Industries.”

To download the full text of the article (authors’ accepted manuscript), click here.
For additional information from New Solutions, and to download the version published in the journal, click here (subscription required; DOI: 10.1177/1048291115610433).
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Global | The Health Impacts of Energy Choices: A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

Global | The Health Impacts of Energy Choices: A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

The Healthy Energy Initiative has launched a new briefing paper called The Health Impacts of Energy Choices. Developed for health care and public health professionals around the world, as well as a wider audience, this resource provides an overview of key health considerations in energy systems and energy policy. It recommends actions that can be undertaken by health professionals and policy makers to support energy choices that protect health.

To download The Health Impacts of Energy Choices,
click here (PDF, 1.1 MB).
To participate in a global health sector commitment to advancing healthy energy, endorse the Paris Platform …

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South Africa | Spotlight on Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution at Public Health Conference

South Africa | Spotlight on Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution at Public Health Conference

Facilitated by Health Care Without Harm’s Strategic Partner in South Africa, groundWork, climate change, energy choices, and air pollution were prominently featured at the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference held in Durban on October 7-9, 2015.

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Europe | New Materials on the Health Threats from Coal Power Generation

Europe | New Materials on the Health Threats from Coal Power Generation

Two new publications from the Health and Environment Alliance (Healthy Energy Initiative partner in Europe) further demonstrate how coal power generation threatens health and well-being in the European region. The briefings look at public financing for coal power generation in Poland, and the threat of rising mercury exposure in the Western Balkans.

To access the materials, click here.

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Global | HCWH Supports World Medical Association Call to its National Association Members to Discuss Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Global | HCWH Supports World Medical Association Call to its National Association Members to Discuss Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Health Care Without Harm today applauded the unanimous decision by delegates gathered in Moscow this past week at the World Medical Association’s (WMA) Annual General Assembly to call on its more than 100 constituent member associations to consider divestment from fossil fuels.

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Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

The Paris Platform for Healthy Energy represents the views of an informal collaboration of organizations and individuals in the health sector committed to a transition to clean, renewable, healthy energy in order to protect public health. A project of the Healthy Energy Initiative, the Platform serves as a guiding document — in the lead up to, during, and beyond the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris — for the health sector’s efforts to mobilize globally and in key countries to advocate for healthy energy.

The lead endorsers of the Platform are Health …

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India | Healthy Energy Speaking Tour / Toxic Tour Launched at PGI Chandigarh

Healthy Energy Initiative – India presented a Speaking Tour and Toxic Tour at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The program at PGI Chandigarh marked the debut of an ongoing series of speaking tours and toxics tours developed by Healthy Energy Initiative – India, organized in conjunction with leading public health educational institutes, to sensitize students, faculty, and researchers on issues surrounding energy, industrial pollution, and environmental health.

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South Africa | Billboard Campaign on Health Impacts of Coal

With road-side billboards stating “Coal pollution is killing your family” and “Coal pollution is destroying your health,” the Healthy Energy Initiative’s South African partner, groundWork, is raising awareness about the impacts of coal on health. The billboards were installed in English and isiZulu in communities impacted by pollution from the coal industry.

The billboard campaign follows the successful launch of the documentary “The Bliss of Ignorance.”

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India | Former Power Secretary Rejects Coal, Supports Healthy Energy

Mr. Sarma speaking at the Healthy Energy Initiative’s Satellite Session at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, in February 2015

In an op-ed in the Guardian, EAS Sarma, a former secretary of India’s ministry of power, presented an evidence-backed rebuttal to claims from the coal industry and its allies that coal is critical to the welfare of Indians.

Mr. Sarma writes, “Australian coal, like any other coal, is not good for Indian people’s health and it will not deliver electricity to those who are currently living …

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Philippines | Recent study shows health impacts of coal felt by local communities

HCWH-Asia’s Healthy Energy Initiative with residents living near a coal-fired power plant in Masinloc, Zabales

A recent study revealed that communities in the Philippines hosting coal-fired power plants are already experiencing negative impacts on their health, environmental conditions, economic situation, and over-all wellbeing. The results of this study provide solid support for Health Care Without Harm-Asia‘s Healthy Energy Initiative’s public health-driven push for the phasing out of coal and other fossil fuel-based energy sources and for shifting to healthier, cleaner, and more climate-friendly renewable energy …

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