HEAL Newsflash - April 2013
On 16 April HEAL is co-hosting the first in a series of CHE Partnership Calls which will focus on Late Lessons from Early Warnings: A retrospective look at learning about precaution. Issues for discussion include precautionary action, coping with multi-causal hazards and taking public health decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Read more...
With discussions on the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) currently taking place in the EP and among Member States, HEAL‘s position paper spells out why it is important to strengthen the health and environment dimension of the 7th EAP. Read more...
‘The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick’ marks the beginning of a coal and health campaign in which HEAL will work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health. Read more...
While the overall level of health across the WHO European Region has clearly improved, European health statistics show inequities within and between countries, according to a new WHO report. The report also points to the role that environmental factors play in disease. Read more...
An informal coalition of European public interest groups, concerned about how endocrine disruptors (EDCs) may be harming health, has recently launched an EDC Free website outlining a campaign call to action for an EDC Free Europe. Read more...
The EFSA opinion report on EDCs recently released is problematic in a number of areas, according to HEAL and CHEM Trust. The EFSA opinion is one of several inputs that contribute to the EU’s development of criteria to identify chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties. Read more...
On 20 March, the results of the first part of an enquiry (EXPPERT enquiry 1) into the everyday exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides were launched. A series of reports have been developed by Générations Futures to demonstrate the urgency of preventative action on EDCs. Read more...
As part of their activities during Pesticides Action Week (20 – 30 March), HEAL and Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN E) have launched a video clip to urge organisations to join their ‘EDC Free Campaign’. Read more...
A cross party committee of senators in France has launched a ’’Charter for alternatives to pesticides’’ (Charte du Comité des élus pour les alternatives des pesticides) to disseminate information on pesticides and promote alternatives. More than 100 elected officials – senators, members of Parliament and municipal councillors – have already joined. Read more...
For the first time, the French authorities have been asked to compensate a farmer because he developed a cancer associated with his exposure to chemical substances contained in pesticides. Read more...
On 27 March, the European Commission published a Green Paper on "A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies". This paper launches a public consultation open until 2 July. Read more...
Following the recent launch of HEAL’s coal report, Tcktcktck, the public campaign of the Global Call for Climate Action caught up with Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Coal and Health Officer. Julia discussed HEAL’s mandate on coal and health, and how the EU can be a world leader in addressing this issue. Read more...
On 19 March, HEAL and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) co-organised the Spotlight on Health and Clean Air event at the EP which shed further light on air pollution and the measures that Europe needs in order to tackle this invisible killer. Read more...
HEAL will be participating at two events during EU Green Week which focuses on cleaner air for all in line with the 2013 EU Year of Air. Green Week offers the opportunity for debate, exchange of experiences and best practices on this theme. Read more...
Results from two EU funded research projects (HealthVent, SINPHONIE) shed light on the neglected policy issue of indoor air quality. Europeans spend the majority of their time indoors, and many EU policies influence the quality of the air we breathe inside. During the 2013 Year of Air, HEAL works to build support for an EU strategy to ensure clean air everywhere. Read more...
Ten years of efforts by NGOs, governments and UNEP were concluded on 19 January with the agreement of the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The agreement is scheduled to be signed in Japan in October 2013. Read more...
- C2DS - Promoting ANSES´s Scientific Conferences on health impact and environmental contaminants: air and water
- WECF - Participating in EP debate on positive relations of gender sensitive and environmental policies
- ELF and ERS - Road traffic pollution as serious as passive smoke in the development of childhood asthma
- EPHA - Secretary General participates in high-level OECD workshop on "Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth"
- Update of joint publication on Shale Gas: Unconventional and unwanted: the case against shale gas - March 2013
- 16 – France ANSES´s Scientific Conference – PNR EST Review: Environmental pollution, health impact and environmental contaminants: air and water - More information here
- 23 – EP, Brussels, Belgium: Presentation of results on Schools Indoor Pollution and Health: Observatory Network in Europe - To register please confirm your attendance by 12 April to Coordination_Sinphonie@rec.org
- 26 - Frence Senate Paris, France 14h - 17h30: "Endocrine disruption : Public Health’s new frontier ?" - To register please send your first and last names, the name of your organisation and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 April
- 16 – Brussels, Belgium: EP event - Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe - To attend please register here by 5 May
- 4-7 – Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week: Cleaner air for all - More information here
- 5 – HEAL at Green Week: Session 3.4 and Session 5.1.
- 5 World Environment Day - More information here
- 20-23 – Basel, Switzerland: ISES-ISEE-ISIAQ 2013: Environment and Health – Bridging North, South, East and West - More information here
- Public consultation on most harmful chemicals under REACH
The European Chemicals Agency is gathering input on 10 chemicals nominated as Substances of Very High Concern. Deadline 18 April 2013
- Public consultation on the Green Paper ´A 2030 framework for climate and energy policies
The Green Paper published on 27 March by the EC launches a public consultation - Deadline 2 July 2013
- Rights to water campaign: Water and sanitation are a human right!
More information and to sign the petition here
- European Citizen´s Initiative "30km/h – making streets liveable!"
European citizens are calling on the EU to introduce 30km/h as the standard speed limits for villages, towns and cities. More information here.
- Calls to ban dangerous chemicals
The Independent, 8 April 2013
- EFSA paves way for regulating endocrine disruptors in food
Euractiv, 22 March 2013
- EFSA´s EDC opinion reopens hazard versus risk debate
ENDS, 22 March 2013
Health and Environment
- Partner Spotlight: Julia Huscher, Coal and Health Officer at HEAL
TckTckTck, 20 March 2013
- La société civile est-elle une source d’expertise sur les risques? Le Monde, 19 March 2013
- New EDC Free twitter account @EDCFree and Facebook page
- EFSA’s #EDC opinion reopens hazard versus risk debate http://bit.ly/11LjITs #EDCFree
- Traffic #pollution causes as much childhood #asthma as passive smoking http://bit.ly/WIDqLv #YearOfAir
- HEAL and Chem Trust position in Euractiv - EFSA paves way for regulating endocrine disruptors in food http://bit.ly/14WqztO #EDCFree
Last updated on 13 May 2013