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HEAL Newsflash - June 2013

EEA report outlines environmental risks for people’s health

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...

HEAL participates at the 18th International Conference on Environmental Health in Children

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…

Road traffic noise increases risk of diabetes

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...

HEAL responds to Berlaymont Declaration on endocrine disruptors

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...

Global call to take action on chemicals in consumer products and pesticides

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...

Global ban of flame retardant HBCD

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...

Chemicals in children’s food

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...

WHO, climate change and health

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...

Which future for EU climate policy?

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…

The Unpaid Health Bill launched in Poland

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...

EU air quality measures: aim high!

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…

Members’ news

Publications

Events

June

  • 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 jennyfer.brendel@ep.europa.eu before 12 June 2013
  • 24 – 25 - Brussels, Belgium: European Citizen’s Summit - First ever citizen’s summit. Express your interest here before 14 May

August

  • 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

September

  • 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

November

  • 22 – Jerusalem, Israel: 7th International Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment - More information here

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HEAL tweets

  • 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

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