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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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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UK | UK Health Alliance on Climate Change welcomes government’s coal phase-out plan

UK | UK Health Alliance on Climate Change welcomes government’s coal phase-out plan

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC) welcomed the UK government’s plan to phase-out coal use by 2025. As set out in their report ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’, a complete end to UK coal use would prevent 1,600 premature deaths and save up to £3.1bn in costs due to ill health per year.

Pauline Castres, the UKHACC’s Policy and Communications Officer, writing in BMJ Blogs, said:

The UK’s metamorphosis from a coal-dependent nation to a zero-coal country could be an inspiration for countries questioning the feasibility …

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Global | Health Care Without Harm supports World Medical Association’s call for divestment

Global | Health Care Without Harm supports World Medical Association’s call for divestment

During its annual assembly in Taiwan, the World Medical Association (WMA) called on health organizations to divest from fossil fuel based companies and to invest in companies that uphold environmental principles consistent with United Nations policy. Health Care Without Harm supports the WMA’s call for divest and similarly urges health care organizations around the world to move towards clean energy solutions.

Given the energy intensive nature of its operations, health care has a moral responsibility to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. By investing in clean …

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India | Environmental health expert visits coal plants to jumpstart research

India | Environmental health expert visits coal plants to jumpstart research

From September 12 to 23, 2016, Dr. Peter Orris, Professor and Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and scientific adviser to Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), visited several coal plant communities that will undergo an environmental health impact assessment as part of HCWH’s Healthy Energy Initiative work in India.

Facilitated by Community Environmental Monitors (CEM), our Healthy Energy Initiative partner in India, Dr. Orris’s visit also included lectures and workshops delivered in several academic and research …

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia supports DENR call to review permissions and operations of coal plants

Philippines | HCWH-Asia supports DENR call to review permissions and operations of coal plants

Health Care Without Harm-Asia supports the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in its recent statement to review all the permits and operations of the Philippines’ coal-fired power plants.

Investing in renewable energy

DENR Secretary GinaLopez said that under her leadership, she will see to it that the country’s energy sources will not be limited primarily to fossil fuels. “I am not keen on limiting the country’s energy mix on coal alone,” Secretary Lopez said, citing the United States and countries in Europe already using renewable energy …

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Europe | New campaign to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies to benefit health

Europe | New campaign to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies to benefit health

via the Health and Environment Alliance

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner, is launching a campaign focused on health as a driver to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies. The campaign, which will officially launch in Autumn of this year, builds on the knowledge that fossil fuels such as coal largely contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and air pollution which harms health.

HEAL´s new campaign aims to raise awareness among the medical community and to build momentum for …

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Europe | Report: Coal phase out is not to be missed public health opportunity

Europe | Report: Coal phase out is not to be missed public health opportunity

via HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner, together with Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the WWF European Policy Office, and Sandbag have launched a new report which analyses the health impacts for air pollution of all coal-fired power stations in the EU for which data is available (257 out of 280).

Entitled “Europe’s Dark Cloud,” the joint report reveals that in 2013, coal emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill-health from …

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia condemns killing of Philippine anti-coal activist

Philippines | HCWH-Asia condemns killing of Philippine anti-coal activist

Health Care Without Harm – Asia strongly condemns the killing of staunch environmentalist and anti-coal activist Gloria Capitan in her hometown in Mariveles, Bataan in the Philippines on July 1.

“Gloria Capitan, like many other environmentalists killed before her, sacrificed her life to defend the rights of the powerless and vulnerable. Her murder demonstrates how abuses to our environment cause insurmountable damages not only to our surroundings but to people’s lives, especially the poor,” said HCWH-Asia Director Ramon San Pascual.

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