Europe | €8.5 billion in health costs from Balkan coal plants prompt call for EU policy rethink

Europe | €8.5 billion in health costs from Balkan coal plants prompt call for EU policy rethink

New study quantifies the public health costs of polluted air from existing coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans at up to 8.5 EUR billion per year, according to a new study from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Healthy Energy Initiative’s Europe partner. The costings of the significant health damage should prompt a rethink on the EU’s policy approach to the region, said HEAL. Read more.

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Philippines | The Human Cost of Coal

Philippines | The Human Cost of Coal

by Dr. Renzo Guinto (*)

Last February 3, 2016, we Health Care Without Harm-Asia, through our Healthy Energy Initiative, joined Greenpeace and other partner organizations in launching the report entitled “Coal: A Public Health Crisis. Diseases and deaths attributed to coal use in the Philippines.” This Greenpeace-commissioned study conducted by Harvard University revealed that currently, there are roughly 960 deaths annually due to existing coal-fired power plants, which may increase up to 2,410 once the 29 proposed coal plants become operational.

In many ways, this study is very timely …

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The Road THROUGH Paris, The Way to Healthy Energy

The Road THROUGH Paris, The Way to Healthy Energy

Healthy climate begins at home. Dr. Renzo Guinto posing at the booth of the Philippine delegation at COP 21

It was a deep personal privilege for me to represent the Asia office of Health Care Without Harm in its delegation to the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held last December. For twenty years, the world’s governments have been negotiating for an ambitious and binding treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions, keep the global temperature rise below 2 …

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Paris Round-up | The New Climate Treaty and Health Care Action

Paris Round-up | The New Climate Treaty and Health Care Action

COP 21 is over.  Government ministers from around the world have completed work on the Paris Treaty and have headed home after two weeks of intense negotiations.   The accord they finalized, while far from perfect is a major step in the direction of moving the world away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy in the coming decades.

If truly implemented, this treaty could become known as the greatest public health accomplishment of our time.  Indeed, the Paris Moment may well be remembered as that …

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Global | HCWH Applauds New Paris Treaty and Calls on Health Sector to Mobilize for Implementation

Global | HCWH Applauds New Paris Treaty and Calls on Health Sector to Mobilize for Implementation

“The Paris climate agreement is a prescription for a healthy planet that can address the world’s greatest public health threat. Now we will need to go on a crash renewable energy and low carbon diet that both stabilizes the climate and reduces diseases related to our addiction to fossil fuels.” Gary Cohen, President, Health Care Without Harm

The new Paris climate treaty is far from perfect, but it takes a major step to move the world away from fossil fuels and toward 100% clean, renewable energy in …

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Global | Leading Health Organizations Issue Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Global | Leading Health Organizations Issue Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Call for A Global Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean, Renewable Energy

Health Care Without Harm, together with partners, has issued the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy, calling for a global shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

The Paris Platform, endorsed by over 40 organisations representing the health sector in more than 80 countries, demonstrates a commitment to leadership and advocacy for clean, renewable, healthy energy choices in order to protect public health from both climate change and local pollution.

“The most important pathway to reducing …

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Global | New Report Reveals Deficiencies in Governments’ Plans to Address Health Risks of Climate Change

Global | New Report Reveals Deficiencies in Governments’ Plans to Address Health Risks of Climate Change

A new report released today by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) reveals the need for national governments around the world to strengthen their policy planning efforts to address the health risks of climate change.

The survey uncovered a lack of climate-health preparedness, with more than half of the 35 respondent countries having no national plan that adequately addresses the health impacts of climate change. A large majority of respondent countries has made little or no progress in identifying the health risks of climate …

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Global | Health Groups Call for Clean Energy Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Global | Health Groups Call for Clean Energy Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Organizations Representing Health Sector in Over 80 Countries Call for Shift from Fossil Fuels to Renewables, Citing Health and Financial Benefits

Health organizations spanning every continent issued a call today to end society’s deadly and costly dependence on fossil fuels. The Paris Platform for Healthy Energy reflects a growing consensus among health professionals and organizations across the globe that shifting to clean, renewable energy will protect public health from both global climate change and the impacts of local pollution.

With the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in …

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