India | Study reveals toxic air near coal plants in Chennai

India | Study reveals toxic air near coal plants in Chennai

Alarmingly high levels of harmful air pollutants can be found in communities in the Ennore region, a suburb of Chennai surrounded by a cluster of coal-fired power plants, according to a new report by the Chennai-based Coastal Resource Centre (CRC), a partner of the Healthy Energy Initiative.

The report, entitled “Unfit to Breathe,” notes that the fine particle pollution found in the air samples collected from residential rooftops in Ennore is comprised of a high fraction of four elements (aluminum, calcium, iron, and silicon) that occur in high levels …

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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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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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India | Healthy Energy Speaking Tour / Toxic Tour Launched at PGI Chandigarh

Healthy Energy Initiative – India presented a Speaking Tour and Toxic Tour at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. The program at PGI Chandigarh marked the debut of an ongoing series of speaking tours and toxics tours developed by Healthy Energy Initiative – India, organized in conjunction with leading public health educational institutes, to sensitize students, faculty, and researchers on issues surrounding energy, industrial pollution, and environmental health.

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India | Former Power Secretary Rejects Coal, Supports Healthy Energy

Mr. Sarma speaking at the Healthy Energy Initiative’s Satellite Session at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India, in February 2015

In an op-ed in the Guardian, EAS Sarma, a former secretary of India’s ministry of power, presented an evidence-backed rebuttal to claims from the coal industry and its allies that coal is critical to the welfare of Indians.

Mr. Sarma writes, “Australian coal, like any other coal, is not good for Indian people’s health and it will not deliver electricity to those who are currently living …

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India | Lung specialist: Draft emission rules allow new coal plants to pollute

In an op-ed, an eminent Chennai-based lung specialist issues an unflattering critique of the health implications India’s proposed emissions standards for coal-fired power plants. Noting the proposed standards’ failure to adequately address the persistent health impacts of mercury pollution, the cumulative health impacts from multiple pollution sources, air pollution from existing coal plants, and the regional nature of air pollution, Dr. Husamuddin Papa concludes that “India’s environmental policy and regulations do not reflect a health-based understanding.” Dr. Papa cautions that, “well-planned development can contribute to national economy; ill-planned development that does not …

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Global | Governments Recognize Air Pollution’s Threat to Human Health

World Health Assembly’s Air Pollution Resolution is a Small First Step

Image courtesy of WHO

The world’s governments took an important step forward in recognizing air pollution as a major threat to human health, by issuing a resolution at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. However, governments were unwilling or unable to address the single most significant source of both outdoor air pollution and climate change: society’s dependence on fossil fuels, particularly the combustion of coal for energy generation.

The Healthy Energy Initiative expressed concern that the magnitude and urgency of …

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Global | World’s Public Health Leaders Call for an End to Coal

Versión en español aquí / Spanish version here.

KOLKATA – At the close of their international conference in Kolkata, as part of a broad “Call to Action for Public Health,” the world’s public health associations advocated “a rapid phase-out of coal” to limit further global warming and prevent illnesses and deaths associated with air pollution.

The Healthy Energy Initiative welcomed the Call to Action released at the World Congress on Public Health, hosted by the Indian Public Health Association and attended by more than 1,600 delegates. The Call to …

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Asia | Experts Caution Over Coal Usage

Source: Business Standard

With increasing dependence of Asian countries on coal-driven power, public health experts said “addiction” of nations to coal coupled with climate change effects pose a “serious” threat to health equity.

According to Peter Orris, professor and chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, in the US, south Asia will garner a “good deal” of attention in the coal-climate change link.

“Asia is the major producer and consumer of coal globally, even surpassing US. So Asia has really taken over and if …

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Healthy Energy Initiative Debuts at the 14th World Congress on Public Health

The Healthy Energy Initiative will be exploring the nexus between climate change, energy generation, and public health in Kolkata, India at the World Federation of Public Health Association’s 14th World Congress on Public Health, through a set of scientific sessions, a photography exhibition, and film screenings.

In the last few years, leading medical journals, health organizations, and health professionals have begun to endorse the evidence and amplify the message that air pollution and climate change both pose serious challenges to global public health and therefore …

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