Turkey | Medical award given to HEAL for fighting coal in Bursa

Turkey | Medical award given to HEAL for fighting coal in Bursa

At a ceremony on National Doctor’s Day for Turkey, the Bursa Chamber of Medicine awarded its 2017 Environment Prize to the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner. The Bursa Chamber of Medicine is the official local branch of the Turkish Medical Association, which has 83,000 members.

The award was given to HEAL in Turkey in recognition of its contribution to resisting the planned DOSAB coal power plant with a 49.9 MW capacity in Bursa, an important industrial centre in western Turkey with …

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia joins national wave of actions against dirty energy

On March 12, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia and its Healthy Energy Initiative Philippines campaign joined coal-affected communities and other civil society organizations at a rally in front of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) headquarters to demand that the company shut down its coal plants in Limay, Bataan, and shift to renewable energy.

“DENR-EMB Region III should no longer gamble with environmental and people’s health by allowing SMC to continue its deleterious operations in Bataan. And SMC, on the other hand, shouldn’t continue to tarnish the goodwill …

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India | Stories from Ennore, where an oil spill only piled on to older, nastier disasters

India | Stories from Ennore, where an oil spill only piled on to older, nastier disasters

Credit: Archanaa Seker and Dharmesh Shah

A doctor alarmed by a stark increase in respiratory diseases.

A grandmother fretting over her grandson’s constant hospital visits.

Fishermen with skin lesions that the local hospital can’t heal.

Teenaged boys with itchy feet from trudging through sludge in order to play cricket.

A fisherman lamenting the loss of a river that was once beautiful, that once cleansed and provided a steady livelihood.

These are some of the stories from the port town of Ennore, on the outskirts of Chennai, told through images and words co-authored …

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Australia | Adani coal mine is a public health catastrophe

Australia | Adani coal mine is a public health catastrophe

Dr. Kate Charlesworth, a public health physician in Sydney who works with the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA, Healthy Energy Initiative’s Australia partner), wrote an op-ed in The Examiner about the “unacceptably high” health risks of coal mines.

An excerpt from her article:

Coal mines are a health risk for miners, workers and local communities: they cause higher rates of childhood asthma, heart and lung disease, and some cancers. Frighteningly, there has been a recent resurgence in black lung disease – a potentially fatal disease caused by breathing in …

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US | Health leaders converge with urgency, unity, and even some optimism at Climate and Health Meeting

US | Health leaders converge with urgency, unity, and even some optimism at Climate and Health Meeting

Over 300 health professionals and health scientists around the US and the world united at a landmark Climate and Health Meeting on February 16 to discuss the urgent measures needed to prevent and ameliorate the adverse health impacts of a changing climate.

Originally organized by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but abruptly cancelled due to concerns about the Trump administration’s stance on climate action, the meeting was reconvened by Former Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association, and health academic institutions.

A …

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Global & India | “State of Global Air” reveals India’s worsening air pollution in global context

Global & India | “State of Global Air” reveals India’s worsening air pollution in global context

The State of Global Air, a new report and interactive website launched by the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, provides a comprehensive, yet succinct, source of trusted information on the levels of and trends in global air pollution, its sources, and its impact on public health.

Among other findings, the report shows that over 90% of the world’s population live in areas where fine particle levels exceed global air quality guidelines, and that India has surpassed China in the unenviable position of having …

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Europe & Global | New campaign calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies to protect health and climate

Europe & Global | New campaign calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies to protect health and climate

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner, has launchedthe official website for Choose Health – End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, a campaign that aims to shed light on the public health opportunity presented by a full phase out of fossil fuel subsidies and a subsequent end of the fossil fuels era.

The website features facts and figures about the scale and health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies for several countries and globally, social media resources, and opportunities to get involved in the campaign to end …

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India | Health sector leaders launch Health and Environment Leadership Platform; call for urgent action on air pollution

India | Health sector leaders launch Health and Environment Leadership Platform; call for urgent action on air pollution

Gurgaon, India: Representatives of more than 5,000 healthcare institutions and several thousand healthcare professionals around the country that form the Health and Environment Leadership Platform (HELP) released a joint statement today calling for concerted action to reduce air pollution in India.

The statement called on “all relevant stakeholders to take immediate and sustainable action to improve India’s air quality and ameliorate its impacts on health”. The statement also noted that “if India is to realize the value of its demographic dividend, it will need to tackle the …

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Philippines | HCWH Asia Supports Community Call To Halt Coal Operations in Bataan

Health Care Without Harm Asia (HCWH Asia) expresses its support to the residents of Bataan who are calling for the immediate suspension of coal operations in Limay, condemning the growing threat of dirty energy on Filipinos’ health.

The group stresses its call to phase out coal in the country after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently called the attention of two power plants due to residents’ complaints of respiratory and skin problems caused by coal ash emission last December that allegedly leaked from Petron …

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China | Workshop summary: Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Energy System

China | Workshop summary: Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Energy System

REEI Energy System Transformation Workshop 2016:
Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Energy System

Workshop Summary

Beijing — On October 20-21, 2016, experts in the fields of energy, environment, and public health held a two-day discussion about the best way to reach a transformation from fossil fuels to a sustainable and low carbon energy system in China.

Organized by Rock Environment and Energy Institute (REEI), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s partner in China, the workshop focused on the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and other policy impact assessment tools to analyze, …

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