Europe | Western Balkans Countries to Reduce Emissions from Coal Plants, Boost Health

Europe | Western Balkans Countries to Reduce Emissions from Coal Plants, Boost Health

Source: Health and Environment Alliance

As of 1 January 2018, the countries of the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) need to start reducing their emissions from large combustion plants and align national laws and rules with EU requirements. This process stems from the Energy Community rules, which require coal plants currently operating in the Western Balkans to cut their emissions gradually from 2018 until the end of 2027.

Ministers at the 15th ministerial council of the Energy Community in Kosovo met on 14 …

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Asia | Healthy Energy Initiative Hosts First Asia Regional Meeting

Asia | Healthy Energy Initiative Hosts First Asia Regional Meeting

Climate and health leaders and networks from the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, China, India and Vietnam came together for the first Asia Regional Healthy Energy Initiative Meeting that took place in Seoul, South Korea from November 27 – 28, 2017, to strengthen commitments in fighting dirty energy sources, urge governments to transition to renewable energy, and lead the health care sector in global climate action.

In total, 35 participants from different NGOs in South Korea and the Philippines participated in the event that took place at Yonsei …

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Global | Powering Past Coal: Treating the climate with coal phase-out

Global | Powering Past Coal: Treating the climate with coal phase-out

Courtney Howard, president-elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, at the release of the Canada brief of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, at the CHEO hospital on Nov. 2 in Ottawa. Photo by Alex Tétreault

During the UN Climate Negotiations at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Canada and the UK announced the Powering Past Coal Alliance with 25 other governments from around the world to accelerate the global phase-out of coal-fired power plants.

The alliance highlighted the health effects of coal in both its declaration and launch …

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Serbia | New Coal Power Plant Would Threaten Health and Lives of Thousands

Serbia | New Coal Power Plant Would Threaten Health and Lives of Thousands

This week, Serbia reiterated its announcement to construct the Kostolac B3 coal power plant – a 350 megawatt close to the Romanian border which will primarily use the lignite form of coal. 

The total worth of the project is 610 million EUR of which the Serbian Government committed to provide 20% while the rest would be provided by the Export-Import Bank of China with a 20 year loan.

Ultimately, this announcement means the people of Serbia will, through their taxes, fund a project that will gravely impact their health …

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South Africa | New Report Shows How Coal Power Is Turning Mpumalanga Highveld into Wasteland

South Africa | New Report Shows How Coal Power Is Turning Mpumalanga Highveld into Wasteland

At the launch of a new groundWork (Healthy Energy Initiative partner in South Africa) report entitled Destruction of the Highveld: Part 2 – Burning Coal in eMalahleni, “the place of coal”, yesterday, community members* confirmed the study’s findings that Eskom’s coal addiction is causing serious health problems and killing people in the Highveld. They also called for a community and worker-led process to drive a just transition, and end the way in which coal power is turning the Mpumalanga Highveld into a wasteland.

Furthermore, the report finds that people are already …

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India | Report finds serious health problems in communities around coal mines and power plants in Central India

India | Report finds serious health problems in communities around coal mines and power plants in Central India

Report finds Serious Health Problems among Residents living around Coal Mines and Thermal Power Plants in Raigarh; Recommends Moratorium on Industrial Activities in the Region

A health study conducted by medical and public health experts of People First Collective India has found serious health problems among the residents living around coal mines and thermal power plants in Tamnar block of Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh. The study titled Health and Environmental Impact of Coal Mining in Chhattisgarh, surveyed more than 500 people in 3 villages of Tamnar Block within 2-kilometer radius of power plants and coal mines.

According to the report “health-related complaints identified amongst …

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US | Health Care Without Harm opposes repeal of Clean Power Plan

US | Health Care Without Harm opposes repeal of Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule to undo the Clean Power Plan. In response, Health Care Without Harm issued a statement opposing this action and urging President Trump and Administrator Pruitt to protect public health by adopting a strong national carbon standard.

Health Care Without Harm also joined a coalition of 17 health organizations in opposing the latest move by the Trump administration to roll back critical environmental protections that safeguard human health.

Coal-fired power plants are a leading source of carbon emissions and toxic pollution, …

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South Africa | Book Chapter: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health in South Africa

South Africa | Book Chapter: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health in South Africa

Rico Euripidou of groundWork, the Healthy Energy Initiative’s partner in South Africa, co-authored a chapter on “Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health in South Africa,” in a recently published book on Climate Change and Air Pollution: The Impact on Human Health in Developed and Developing Countries. Other co-authors include members of the Public Health Association of South Africa’s Climate, Energy and Health (CEH) Special Interest Group.

Abstract: 

Climate change and air pollution pose significant short-term and long-term health risks to South Africans due to the carbon intensity of …

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Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change

Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change

In the lead up to the UN Climate Negotiations this November in Bonn, Germany, Health Care Without Harm is working with hospitals and health systems from around the world to sign a Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change.

Together with our health care partners we aim to forge a powerful, collective voice advocating for climate-smart health care, greater health system resiliency, and leadership from the health sector in protecting public and planetary health from climate change.

With climate change already exacerbating a wide range of …

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India | Huma Lung Foundation launches radio advisories on air pollution and health

What if, along with the traffic and weather updates on the radio, you could also learn about the current air quality and how it affects your health? A radio station in Chennai, India, is doing just that.

In a first-of-its-kind effort, Huma Lung Foundation (HLF) in collaboration with Fever FM 91.9 are providing “Air Check” – air quality and health updates to the city of Chennai through its popular daily show Lose Control and on HLF’s website. Modeled around the traffic updates on radio, “Air Check” gives information about the Air …

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