Global | Conference on Health and Climate sets health action agenda for implementation of Paris Agreement

Global | Conference on Health and Climate sets health action agenda for implementation of Paris Agreement

More than 300 government ministers, health experts and practitioners, and other participants came together at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, hosted by the WHO and the Government of France, to propose key actions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change. These actions include switching to cleaner energy sources, advancing low-carbon health care, and increasing the resilience of health systems and health determinants to climate risks.

Highlights from the Conference:

Conference Conclusions
Action Agenda
Conference Programme
HCWH at the WHO …

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England | Over £400m of savings can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

England | Over £400m of savings can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

The National Health Service from England (NHS) and wider health sector could save up to £414m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health.

A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits.

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Global | Health professionals call on G7 nations to phase out coal

Global | Health professionals call on G7 nations to phase out coal

82 organizations from 30 countries representing more than 300,000 doctors, nurses, and public health professionals and advocates are calling on G7 nations to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives.

Healthy Energy Initiative partners Health Care Without Harm, the Health and Environment Alliance, and the Climate and Health Alliance, along with the Initiative’s health sector partners in several countries, are among the signatories of the Global Health Statement on Coal Plants.

Dignity Health, ThedaCare, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital – members of …

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Global | Health sector appeal to G7 on coal – sign on now!

Global | Health sector appeal to G7 on coal – sign on now!

UPDATE: The Global Health Statement on Coal Plants was launched on May 18th with the signatures of 82 organizations from 30 countries representing more than 300,000 doctors, nurses, and public health professionals and advocates. Read more.

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In anticipation of the upcoming G7 Summit* in Japan on May 26-27, health professionals and health organizations around the world are invited to sign a statement calling on the G7 nations to accelerate the global transition away from coal-fired electricity in order to protect public health from …

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Global | Climate Tracker Webinar on Climate, Air Pollution, and Health

Global | Climate Tracker Webinar on Climate, Air Pollution, and Health

The Healthy Energy Initiative participated in a lively webinar on Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Health on April 12, 2016, hosted by Climate Tracker in preparation for the worldwide Break Free from Fossil Fuels Campaign this May.

Jennifer Wang, the Healthy Energy Initiative’s global coordinator, joined speakers from the Laboratory of Experimental Air Pollution at the São Paulo School of Medicine and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), to discuss the evidence on the multifaceted health impacts of fossil fuels, as well as community and health sector initiatives to break free from …

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Australia | CCA urged to consider 1.5 degree pathway in climate policy options for Australia

Australia | CCA urged to consider 1.5 degree pathway in climate policy options for Australia

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA, the Healthy Energy Initiative’s partner in Australia) has urged the Federal Government and the Climate Change Authority to reconsider and re-evaluate its recommendations for emissions reductions, in light of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This Agreement includes a new obligation for all nations to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre- industrial levels”.

CAHA Member groups met with the Climate Change Authority recently to discuss the CCA Draft Report on Climate Policy Options. CAHA has compiled a submission …

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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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South Africa | Spotlight on Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution at Public Health Conference

South Africa | Spotlight on Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution at Public Health Conference

Facilitated by Health Care Without Harm’s Strategic Partner in South Africa, groundWork, climate change, energy choices, and air pollution were prominently featured at the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference held in Durban on October 7-9, 2015.

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Philippines | Health must be considered in climate policy and energy choices

UK Embassy’s Charges d’Affaires Steph Lysaght gives his opening remarks

Health Care Without Harm-Asia’s Healthy Energy Initiative participated in a roundtable forum on the intersection of climate change, energy, and public health co-hosted by the British Embassy in Manila and Philippine Department of Health. Entitled “Opening the Human Security Lens to Climate Change and Energy,” the event aimed to launch a conversation and create synergies between the health, energy, and environment sectors to define urgent and collaborative actions needed to address climate change’s impact on public …

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Australia | Unprecedented alliance calls for zero pollution in Australia

In an open letter to all Australian Parliamentarians, an unprecedented alliance of 51 health, environment, legal, aid, union, farming, and religious groups state have called for all parliamentarians to commit to strong emissions reduction targets, stating: “Australia and Australian people stand to lose so much from the impacts of climate change; it is in our national interest to be amongst the leading nations to ensure the world limits warming to well below 2 degrees. A zero carbon pollution future is possible, and it is all of our responsibility to …

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