India | Regulatory blackhole in the implementation of emission norms for thermal power plants

India | Regulatory blackhole in the implementation of emission norms for thermal power plants

A report by Healthy Energy Initiative – India reveals that two Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) in the Ennore thermal cluster in Tamilnadu was found violating the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) prescribed norms up to 53% of the total operational time in two years, between 2019-2020.

In March 2021, just as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was surging in the country, the MOEFCC issued a notification extending the deadline to meet the 2015 emission norms for thermal power plants until 2024. …

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India | Study finds healthcare professionals support climate action, role of health sector crucial

India | Study finds healthcare professionals support climate action, role of health sector crucial

The largest ever survey on climate change conducted among over 3000 healthcare professionals in India, has revealed that the health sector should play a crucial role in action and advocacy on climate change in India. Over 85% respondents believed that the healthcare sector has a responsibility to address climate change and reduce their own carbon footprint. 3062 healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, hospital administrators, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) health staff and healthcare students were surveyed in this study conducted between …

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Webinar: How prepared is India’s Health sector to lead on climate action and advocacy?

Webinar: How prepared is India’s Health sector to lead on climate action and advocacy?

COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on the health sector worldwide. There is no doubt about the need for greater preparedness and increased awareness among health professionals about the risks of climate and environmental impacts on public health. A new study conducted across India among more than 3,000 health professionals reveals the understanding and attitudes of health workers towards the changing environment and what it entails for the sector.

Join us in a webinar organized by Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm and Climate Trends, …

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India | Chhattisgarh leans on citizens’ science and participatory decision making to combat toxic air

India | Chhattisgarh leans on citizens’ science and participatory decision making to combat toxic air

State Health Resource Center (SHRC), Chhattisgarh is implementing a unique pilot in two polluted districts (Raipur and Korba) of the State to strengthen the health systems and prepare them to respond to air pollution related health problems. Their approach integrates citizens science and community health workers’ role in raising awareness on air pollution and health.

SHRC, in collaboration with Healthy Energy Initiative India and the health department, is also working towards setting up a network of 150 low cost monitors in polluted regions to provide real-time …

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India | New report: Strengthening pollution control boards to meet air quality standards

India | New report: Strengthening pollution control boards to meet air quality standards

The report, produced by Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) and Health Care Without Harm, highlights the institutional and informational barriers that hamper the goal of achieving the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The findings reveal several key structural roadblocks that affect effective implementation of existing regulations, thereby broader achievement of ambient air quality standards.

Acute and chronic exposures to air pollution are leading risk factors for ill health in India, with exposures to Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Ozone alone contributing to over 1.2 million premature deaths annually. …

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Chhattisgarh Health Department launches a statewide awareness campaign on air pollution and health

Chhattisgarh Health Department launches a statewide awareness campaign on air pollution and health

As the winter and festival season approaches, many parts of India are currently experiencing extremely high levels of air pollution that can have detrimental impacts on health of the population. Keeping this in mind and safety of the population, Hon’ble Health Minister Shri T S Singh Deo and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Chhattisgarh have initiated a State-wide awareness campaign on air pollution and health impacts.

“Chhattisgarh happens to be among those States which has very …

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India | Media campaign to urge the implementation of thermal power plant emission norms

Healthy Energy Initiative India and Doctor’s for Clean Air, along with leading citizen groups and doctors from different regions of that country, recently released a video that shows how the delay in the implementation of emission standards in coal power plants causes irreparable damage to the health of children. 

According to the video, missed deadlines each year causes an estimated  “88,000 cases of childhood asthma, 140,000 cases of pre-term births, and 3,900 premature deaths among children.”

Image from the video

 

“The toxic fumes which come out of thermal …

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South Africa | Public health professionals call on government for climate leadership

South Africa | Public health professionals call on government for climate leadership

A group of prominent South African public health experts and practitioners has written to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni calling for stronger leadership from the South African government on climate, energy and health in building a post-COVID-19 South Africa.

In a letter to Minister Mboweni on 14 September 2020, the Climate, Energy and Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) writes that it is necessary to act now to combat climate change and build a new, resilient economy. The Special Interest Group has appealed to Minister …

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Report: 76 major coal ash accidents in the last decade in India, yet regulatory norms being diluted

Report: 76 major coal ash accidents in the last decade in India, yet regulatory norms being diluted

A new report by Healthy Energy Initiative India and Community Environmental Monitoring establishes that at least 76 major coal ash pond accidents occurred across the country between 2010 and June 2020.

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Study finds uneven levels of awareness among doctors about air pollution and health

Study finds uneven levels of awareness among doctors about air pollution and health

Health Care Without Harm’s partner in India, the Centre for Chronic Disease Control, has published findings from a study titled “Understanding knowledge, attitude and practice of health practitioners towards health effects of air pollution in India.”

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