HEAL Newsflash - June 2013
The European Environmental Agency’s assessment underlines how EU environmental policies contributed to better health but also warns that work still needs to be done to address pollutants and new environmental health risks, and environmental health inequalities. Read more...
HEALer Julia Huscher participated at this conference in Poland to provide an overview on the effects of emissions from coal power plants on children’s health. Read more…
The body of evidence on health impacts of noise is growing. After links to heart disease and children’s impaired learning, a new Danish study shows how noise may be associated with an increased risk of diabetes, a health challenge for the whole of Europe. Read more...
Eighty nine of the world’s leading scientific experts on endocrine disrupting chemicals made the strongest ever call for regulatory action in the Berlaymont Declaration. Read more...
A group of influential scientists from the Endocrine Society have called on the UN, the WHO and other global players to take action to prevent harm from endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products and pesticides. These chemicals likely play a role in increased incidences of reproductive diseases, cancer, obesity, and type-2 diabetes worldwide. Read more...
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a common highly toxic flame retardant used in insulation, textiles, and electronics has been added to the list of chemicals banned worldwide. The decision came at a meeting of delegates to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Read more...
The presence of toxic substances and chemical residues in food is a concern for children. The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) launched a statement for parents, carers and health professionals with information, based on up-to-date evidence of peer-reviewed scientific research. Read more...
Ahead of a high-level meeting of the World Health Organisation, HEAL teamed up with the Climate and Health Alliance, Climate and Health Council and other health professional organisations for a letter to the WHO Director General. Groups recall the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Wellbeing, and stress how important it is that all WHO member states take action on climate change. Read more...
The public consultation on the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies is still open for comments. Stakeholders are encouraged to share their views on the EU’s climate emission reductions, energy savings and renewables. Read more…
Burning coal in power plants in Poland results in health costs of up to 8.2 billion every year, according to HEAL’s latest report now available in Polish. The report launched at a press conference in Warsaw, reveals for the first time the monetary health costs of health for Poland. Read more...
Health and environmental groups warn that the proposals on future EU air policies scheduled for this autumn could fail to achieve the emission reductions needed to tackle air pollution. The joint paper submitted to the EU Commission underlines that the scientific evidence on health effects calls for the highest level of ambition. Read more…
- INCHES - 7th International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety Conference, November 2013
- PAN Europe - Proposal for a new EU Common plant health regime lacks environmental and public health considerations
- 20 June – European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Initiative for Clean Air in Europe
This event hosted by Peter Liese MEP and Chris Davis MEP focuses on practical solutions for clean air and best practice examples for clean air in cities. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 June 2013
- 24 – 25 - Brussels, Belgium: European Citizen’s Summit - First ever citizen’s summit. Express your interest here before 14 May
- 1 – 7 August – World Breastfeeding Week
This year’s theme ‘Breastfeeding support: Close to mothers’ highlights Breastfeeding Peer counselling. More information available here
- 20-23 – Basel, Switzerland: ISES-ISEE-ISIAQ 2013: Environment and Health – Bridging North, South, East and West - More information here
- 4 – 5 September – Brussels, Belgium: Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests and Lost Generations?
This is an opportunity to look at how we can foster an EU that is coherent in its decisions, in terms of fostering the health and well-being of people living in Europe. More information available here
- 9 – 11 September – Manchester, UK: 9th International Symposium on Biological Monitoring
The symposia brings together the world’s leading experts and practitioners to share knowledge on topics including new biomarkers of exposure, effect and susceptibility, new analytical techniques and case studies of occupational and environmental exposures. More information available here
- 22 – Jerusalem, Israel: 7th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment - More information here
- 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
- 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
- ECHA public consultation on its draft multi-annual work programme 2014 - 2015 - Deadline 15 July 2013
- Trade-offs: What’s good for the climate may not be good for the air
Euractiv, 6 June 2013
- Ukrainian ecologists call on EU not to fund new coal plants
Euractiv, 6 June 2013
- From coal to cars, EU states fail to combat air pollution
Euractiv, 3 June 2013
- Zdrowotne koszty pozyskania energii z węgla to nawet 34 mld zł
Forbes Poland, 3 June 2013
- Environment Agency’s Lord Smith criticises the "dash for coal"
Energy and Environment Management, 30 May 2013
- 89 scientists join call for EU action on hormone-disrupting chemicals
Euractiv, 24 May 2013
- Anne @HealthandEnv Switch to walking & cycling, use renewables & eat a diet with less meat– a triple win for #climate, #air quality &#health
- EU Week against Cancer: why is prevention through a cleaner environment not on the agenda? Read HEAL’s briefing http://bit.ly/15fdk53
Last updated on 10 June 2013