South Africa | Hard-Hitting Coal & Health Documentary Launched Online

Award-winning South African documentary The Bliss of Ignorance officially launched online today, making it widely available for public access. The new film, produced in association with Healthy Energy Initiative’s South Africa partner, groundWork, and Friends of the Earth International, looks at the impact of South Africa’s energy policy — particularly the support for Eskom, the state’s energy utility’s reliance on coal-fired power stations — on public health. Set against the wider climate change debate, The Bliss of Ignorance highlights how the mining and burning of coal affects the environment, polluting …

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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

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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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