Global | 300 million children breathe toxic air, UNICEF reports

Global | 300 million children breathe toxic air, UNICEF reports

A new UNICEF report reveals that almost one in seven of the world’s children – or 300 million in total – live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution. These pollution levels are six or more times higher than what is allowed by international guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The findings come a week ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, where UNICEF is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to cut air pollution in their …

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UK | Health professionals call for joined-up approach to climate change and air pollution

UK | Health professionals call for joined-up approach to climate change and air pollution

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change – representing 600,000 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals – has urged the Government to protect the public’s health by implementing its pledge to phase-out coal power.

In its inaugural report entitled A Breath of Fresh Air: Addressing Climate Change and Air Pollution Together for Health published on October 18, the Alliance argued that approaches to addressing both challenges simultaneously will create much greater health benefits and cost-savings than strategies which address them separately.

Professor John Middleton, President of the …

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Global | 92% of the world’s population exposed to excessive air pollution, WHO says

Global | 92% of the world’s population exposed to excessive air pollution, WHO says

A new World Health Organization (WHO) air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits.

“The new WHO model shows countries where the air pollution danger spots are, and provides a baseline for monitoring progress in combatting it,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General at WHO. It also represents the most detailed outdoor (or ambient) air pollution-related health data, by …

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Australia | Healthcare professionals concerned about climate impacts, says survey

Australia | Healthcare professionals concerned about climate impacts, says survey

A survey conducted by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Energy Initiative partner in Australia, reveal overwhelming concern among Australian healthcare stakeholders regarding the lack of a national strategy to protect Australians from the health impacts of global warming.

In this new report, more than 130 peak health bodies, unions and health professionals – including doctors, nurses, midwives, public health practitioners and psychologists – were asked to evaluate the health sector’s preparedness for the impacts of climate change.

The results uncovered major gaps and widespread concerns, revealing:

Health professionals …

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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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Australia | Health Minister urged to address climate change as major threat to health

Australia | Health Minister urged to address climate change as major threat to health

via the Climate and Health Alliance

A report released today by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) warns Australia will fail to fulfil its obligations under the Paris climate change agreement if the Federal Government continues to ignore the health risks associated with climate change.

Leading health and medical experts say successive Australian governments have overlooked the health implications of climate change, leaving Australians vulnerable and the health sector underprepared.

Nobel Laureate for Medicine Professor Peter Doherty says the inclusion of health in the Paris Agreement now obliges the federal …

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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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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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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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England | Over £400m of savings can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

England | Over £400m of savings can reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes

The National Health Service from England (NHS) and wider health sector could save up to £414m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health.

A new report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits.

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