Turkey | HEAL Launches Toolkit for a “healthy energy” future

Turkey | HEAL Launches Toolkit for a “healthy energy” future

15 February 2016 — The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s Europe partner, has launched a new toolkit on coal power generation and health in Turkey. The aim is to support local health professionals and community groups engaged in initiatives to prevent new coal power plants from being built.

The toolkit entitled “Coal power generation and health in Iskenderun Bay, Turkey” (1) focuses on south-eastern Turkey which is already an industrial hot spot. The pollution from 16 new coal plants in the pipeline would …

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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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Global | Health Groups Call for Clean Energy Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Global | Health Groups Call for Clean Energy Ahead of Paris Climate Talks

Organizations Representing Health Sector in Over 80 Countries Call for Shift from Fossil Fuels to Renewables, Citing Health and Financial Benefits

Health organizations spanning every continent issued a call today to end society’s deadly and costly dependence on fossil fuels. The Paris Platform for Healthy Energy reflects a growing consensus among health professionals and organizations across the globe that shifting to clean, renewable energy will protect public health from both global climate change and the impacts of local pollution.

With the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in …

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Europe | New Materials on the Health Threats from Coal Power Generation

Europe | New Materials on the Health Threats from Coal Power Generation

Two new publications from the Health and Environment Alliance (Healthy Energy Initiative partner in Europe) further demonstrate how coal power generation threatens health and well-being in the European region. The briefings look at public financing for coal power generation in Poland, and the threat of rising mercury exposure in the Western Balkans.

To access the materials, click here.

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Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Global | Endorse the Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

The Paris Platform for Healthy Energy represents the views of an informal collaboration of organizations and individuals in the health sector committed to a transition to clean, renewable, healthy energy in order to protect public health. A project of the Healthy Energy Initiative, the Platform serves as a guiding document — in the lead up to, during, and beyond the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris — for the health sector’s efforts to mobilize globally and in key countries to advocate for healthy energy.

The lead endorsers of the Platform are Health …

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France | Health experts call on French authorities to prioritize health at COP21

A greater focus on health is needed during the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris this December, according to a joint declaration by the French Public Health Association, the French Society of Environmental Health, and the French Medical Council. The Health and Environment Alliance, Healthy Energy Initiative’s partner in Europe, co-signed the declaration. Underlining the role of health professionals in the prevention of climate-related diseases, the signatories ask the French authorities preparing the climate negotiations to explicitly include health in the final negotiations and commitments of COP21.

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Turkey | Coal expansion plans cause alarm as health costs quantified

Coal power plant capacity in Turkey is set to almost double over the next four years adding significantly to already high health costs, according to a new report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

“The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick” provides the first-ever figures on the costs to public health from existing coal power plants in Turkey. The total costs are up to €3.6 billion per year (10.72 billion Turkish Lira) covering costs of premature death, chronic …

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Turkey | Doctors Say Cleaner Air Would Offer Major Health Benefits

A new fact sheet released this week by Healthy Energy Initiative’s Europe partner, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), highlights the heavy toll on health resulting from exposure to poor air quality in Turkey. The report was endorsed by five medical organisations including the Turkish Medical Association, Turkish Society of Public Health Specialists, Turkish Thoracic Society, Turkish Respiratory Society and Turkish Occupational Medicine Society.

Download fact sheet: “Air Pollution and Health in Turkey: Facts, Figures and Recommendations” in English or Turkish.
For more information, visit HEAL’s website.

Turkey has one …

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