Philippines | Coal, health, and human rights: lessons from Bataan

Philippines | Coal, health, and human rights: lessons from Bataan

This post was originally published by HCWH-Asia.

For the whole month of March, Health Care Without Harm-Asia hosted two graduate students who participated in various environmental health projects and activities as part of their internship requirements. In this blog, Jonathan Lee, who is training as physician assistant and doing his Master of Public Health in Touro University in Vallejo, California, talks about his first-hand experience in two municipalities hosting coal-fired power plants in the province of Bataan in the Philippines.

It was eight in the morning of Saturday, March …

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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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Philippines | The Human Cost of Coal

Philippines | The Human Cost of Coal

by Dr. Renzo Guinto (*)

Last February 3, 2016, we Health Care Without Harm-Asia, through our Healthy Energy Initiative, joined Greenpeace and other partner organizations in launching the report entitled “Coal: A Public Health Crisis. Diseases and deaths attributed to coal use in the Philippines.” This Greenpeace-commissioned study conducted by Harvard University revealed that currently, there are roughly 960 deaths annually due to existing coal-fired power plants, which may increase up to 2,410 once the 29 proposed coal plants become operational.

In many ways, this study is very timely …

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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 | Film Festival to Shine Spotlight on Health Costs of Coal

Global | Film Festival to Shine Spotlight on Health Costs of Coal

International health and environmental advocates will host a mini festival of award-winning short films that highlight the health and social effects of coal. As part of the festival, the Healthy Energy Initiative will be presenting three short films produced by its partners in Australia, the Philippines, and South Africa. Other films will explore coal development in Russia and China. Together, these are some of the largest coal-producing countries in the world.

The December 7th Paris event coincides with the second week of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21). As world …

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Philippines | Health Sector Leaders Endorse Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Philippines | Health Sector Leaders Endorse Paris Platform for Healthy Energy

Photo Courtesy Office of Senator Loren Legarda

Manila, Philippines — Few days after the 2nd anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan and 20 days before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, health sector leaders from the Philippines called for stronger commitments for climate mitigation by phasing out coal and other fossil fuels and shifting to renewable energy to protect both human health and the global climate.

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia, together with different health sector organizations and leaders in the Philippines, launched the Paris Platform …

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Philippines | Recent study shows health impacts of coal felt by local communities

HCWH-Asia’s Healthy Energy Initiative with residents living near a coal-fired power plant in Masinloc, Zabales

A recent study revealed that communities in the Philippines hosting coal-fired power plants are already experiencing negative impacts on their health, environmental conditions, economic situation, and over-all wellbeing. The results of this study provide solid support for Health Care Without Harm-Asia‘s Healthy Energy Initiative’s public health-driven push for the phasing out of coal and other fossil fuel-based energy sources and for shifting to healthier, cleaner, and more climate-friendly renewable energy …

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Philippines | Deaths of workers in Semirara show that coal mining is a health risk too

Detailed astronaut photograph of the northern end of Semirara Island (Public domain photo from Wikipedia)

The death of at least six coal mine workers in Semirara Island in Antique on July 17 served as a tragic reminder that coal mining is an inherently dangerous occupation with health risks that cannot be ignored, said environmental health organization Health Care Without Harm-Asia. Most of the time, the impacts of coal combustion on human health, such as respiratory diseases resulting from air pollution, receive the greatest attention, but other …

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