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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Global | Healthy Energy Initiative releases new resources on Health Impacts of Energy Choices

Global | Healthy Energy Initiative releases new resources on Health Impacts of Energy Choices

The Healthy Energy Initiative, a program of Health Care Without Harm, has released a new fact sheet and infographics on the Health Impacts of Energy Choices.

The 4-page Fact Sheet outlines how the generation, distribution, and consumption of energy can have both positive and negative impacts on the health of communities, workers, and the global climate.

It contains an infographic of the pathways through which energy production leads to environmental disruption and ultimately health outcomes:

It also features an updated, graphical comparison chart of various energy sources in terms of …

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Global | IEA report: Small increase in energy investment could halve air pollution deaths by 2040

Global | IEA report: Small increase in energy investment could halve air pollution deaths by 2040

Each year an estimated 6.5 million deaths are linked to air pollution, with the number set to increase significantly in coming decades unless the energy sector takes greater action to curb emissions, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Source: IEA based on WHO data

In its first ever in-depth analysis of air quality, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) special report highlights the links between energy, air pollution and health. It identifies contributions the energy sector can make to curb poor air quality, …

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US & Philippines | Renewable energy is good for health too, says Harvard expert

US & Philippines | Renewable energy is good for health too, says Harvard expert

This post was originally published by HCWH-Asia.

On March 10, 2016, Health Care Without Harm-Asia helped organize two public events which were graced by Dr. Jonathan Buonocore, program leader for climate, energy, and health of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Jonathan Buonocore speaks about his research during the press conference.

In the morning, Dr. Buonocore, who also served as resource speaker in a three-day workshop on Health Impact Assessments also organized by HCWH-Asia last March 7 to 9, gave a lecture at …

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Philippines | HCWH-Asia underscores need for Health Impact Assessment of energy choices

Philippines | HCWH-Asia underscores need for Health Impact Assessment of energy choices

This post was originally published by HCWH-Asia.

As part of the Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia hosted a workshop on conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIA) for energy policies and projects from March 7 to 9, 2016.

Over 50 researchers, policy-makers, and advocates in public health, energy, environment, law, finance, and economic development gathered to learn the principles and process of HIA as well as discuss challenges and opportunities in the use and institutionalization of HIA in the Philippines and across the globe.

According to the World Health Organization, HIA …

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Asia | Webinar on clean and healthy energy choices for health care

Asia | Webinar on clean and healthy energy choices for health care

As part of its webinar series, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Asia presents “Clean and Healthy Energy Choices for Health Care.”

Health and energy experts will present how our energy choices impact people’s health, the viability of renewable energy sources, and how health care systems and facilities can take the lead in the global movement to move away from fossil fuel-based energy.

Speakers:

Faye Ferrer, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Asia Coordinator
Dr. Renzo Guinto, Healthy Energy Initiative Campaigner
Engr. Roberto “Obet” Verzola, Philippine Greens Founder

Engr. Joe Barsaga, Philippine Heart Center

WHEN: 30th March …

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Philippines | Call for Applications for Health Impact Assessment Workshop

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Towards Healthy Energy Choices in the Philippines: 
Promoting the Use of Health Impact Assessments for Energy Policies and Projects

March 7-9 (Manila, Philippines)

The Healthy Energy Initiative of Health Care Without Harm-Asia will be holding a three-day workshop on Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) and how they can be used for energy policies and projects. The workshop specifically aims to enable participants to:

Familiarize with the principles and process of HIA, as well as issues and challenges surrounding their use especially for energy policies and projects
Design a workplan to move forward …

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Global | New Solutions Article on Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

Global | New Solutions Article on Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

“From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy”

The Healthy Energy Initiative team is pleased to share a new article published in the peer-reviewed journal New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy. The article appears in a special issue on “Health, Environmental Policy and the Extractive Industries.”

To download the full text of the article (authors’ accepted manuscript), click here.
For additional information from New Solutions, and to download the version published in the journal, click here (subscription required; DOI: 10.1177/1048291115610433).
For additional resources from the Healthy Energy Initiative, …

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Global | Leading Health Organizations Issue Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Global | Leading Health Organizations Issue Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Call for A Global Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean, Renewable Energy

Health Care Without Harm, together with partners, has issued the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy, calling for a global shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

The Paris Platform, endorsed by over 40 organisations representing the health sector in more than 80 countries, demonstrates a commitment to leadership and advocacy for clean, renewable, healthy energy choices in order to protect public health from both climate change and local pollution.

“The most important pathway to reducing …

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India | National Meeting on Climate, Energy and Health

India | National Meeting on Climate, Energy and Health

Indian launch event for the report of the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change

October 26th, 2015 – India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Report from the Public Health Foundation of India

The National Meeting on Climate Change and Health was the Indian launch event for the report of the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change and was supported by Health Care without Harm (HCWH) and the Lancet Commission. The purpose of this meeting was to generate awareness about the health impacts of climate change, to emphasize the …

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