Global | New film showcases health care’s mission to protect people and the planet

Global | New film showcases health care’s mission to protect people and the planet

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, Health Care Without Harm is excited to release Do No Harm, a short film telling the inspiring story of this global movement.

Once upon a time, a small group of doctors, nurses, and health care leaders realized that, in violation of the Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”, some hospital practices were harming patients and the planet. This small effort grew into a global movement advocating for change on the critical environmental health issues of our time. As …

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Global | Health Care Without Harm celebrates 20 years of protecting health and environment

Global | Health Care Without Harm celebrates 20 years of protecting health and environment

Celebrating Health Care Without Harm’s 20th anniversary, Gary Cohen reflects on the last two decades in the environmental health movement and offers an opportunity for health care to redefine its role in the 21st century.

When we started Health Care Without Harm, we hardly knew anyone who worked in the health care sector. We were mostly outsiders, community activists who had been working for decades in the environmental movement. But we knew we needed powerful allies to transform this emerging science linking the environment to our …

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India | After 10 years, 1,320-MW coal plant plan cancelled

India | After 10 years, 1,320-MW coal plant plan cancelled

A 1320-MW coal plant proposal in Cudallore, India was cancelled after the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has said that it is in a “power surplus” and therefore is not interested anymore in Cuddalore Powergen’s project.

In her email to the Healthy Energy Initiative, Shweta Narayan, coordinator of the SIPCOT Community Environmental Monitors which is the Initiative’s partner in India, describes this as a “result of almost a decade-long fight” and a “demonstration of Cuddalore people’s determination to fight toxic plans in the region.”

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India | Health experts raise concern about proposed air pollution index

India | Health experts raise concern about proposed air pollution index

In April 2016, India’s Central Pollution Control Board had come out with new guidelines on Cumulative Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) calculations, which for the first time incorporated several health criteria.

However, in a letter to the central board last week, public health experts and environmental activists expressed concern about the health sub-index, noting several issues and gaps such as “the absence of specified health documentation processes in polluted regions and the methods suggested to measure these.”

In one article, Shweta Narayan, coordinator of the SIPCOT Community Environmental Monitors which is the …

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia supports DENR call to review permissions and operations of coal plants

Philippines | HCWH-Asia supports DENR call to review permissions and operations of coal plants

Health Care Without Harm-Asia supports the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in its recent statement to review all the permits and operations of the Philippines’ coal-fired power plants.

Investing in renewable energy

DENR Secretary GinaLopez said that under her leadership, she will see to it that the country’s energy sources will not be limited primarily to fossil fuels. “I am not keen on limiting the country’s energy mix on coal alone,” Secretary Lopez said, citing the United States and countries in Europe already using renewable energy …

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