HEAL Newsflash - May 2013
HEAL welcomes the prominence given to improving health in the 7th EU Environment Action Programme including a focus to reduce asthma and allergies related to indoor air pollutants and reducing exposure to harmful chemicals such as endocrine disrupting chemicals. Read more…
The fourth meeting of the European Environment and Health Ministerial Board in Belgrade concluded that urgent action is needed in Europe to tackle environmental health hazards including air pollution, asbestos, mercury, unsafe water and poor sanitation. Read more…
HEAL was pleased to co-host the first in a series of Partnership Calls by the US Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) focusing on recent EEA findings on Late Lessons from Early Warnings. Discussions started with how to learn from historical cases of environment and health disasters, followed by addressed case studies on hazardous chemicals. Read more…
Ed Brown’s documentary film ‘Unacceptable Levels’ has been accepted into 17 international film festivals thanks to the success of winning the first ever film prize on health and environment at the 30th International Environmental Film Festival earlier this year. Read more…
20 environmental, occupation/workers and health organisations from across Europe urge EU Commission President Barroso and the EU Commission to put the EU on the path for significantly reducing exposure to endocrine disruptors. In a joint letter, the groups outline why comprehensive criteria, a far-sighted strategy and reviewing EDCs in REACH are needed to tackle the global EDCs threat. Read more...
Support from EU decision-makers for human biomonitoring is growing. Measuring contaminants in our bodies can help politicians to fine tune or even launch new policies, allowing them to identify priorities and provide an early warning on potential threats to public health. Read more...
Andreas Kortenkamp, author of two major reports on endocrine disruptors for the EU Commission, gave a lecture in Paris on tackling EDCs to win back public health. The meeting was organised by HEAL member Réseau Environnement Santé (RES). Read more...
Coal power plants in Germany are associated with health costs of more than 6 billion EUR per year. This is one of the findings on how coal pollution contributes to ill-health and death from the recent HEAL report “The Unpaid health bill”. The German version has now been launched with a press conference in Berlin. Read more…
A new report put together by the EU Commission highlights the potential of behavioural change for tackling climate change. A healthier diet and replacing fossil fuel cars with more sustainable modes of transport can make significant contributions to reducing emissions. Read more…
A recent study shows that emissions from coal-fired power stations in India have a worrisome effect on ill-health and death. Two thirds of India’s electricity is produced by coal based power plants. Read more…
HEAL sent a letter to EU Environment Ministers ahead of the Informal Environment Council, urging them to consider the significant benefits for public health, well-being, and for the climate, that can be gained through ambitious EU measures to reduce air pollution. Read more...
A summary of responses to the EU consultation on air quality policy was recently presented in Brussels. The answers show that the majority wants stronger emission reductions for cleaner air in Europe. Read more…
As the EU Food Safety Authority is currently reviewing the acceptable tolerable weekly intake for methyl mercury from fish, HEAL, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the Zero Mercury Working Group have drawn attention to two reports on new scientific evidence on health effects. Groups call for a full revision of EFSA’s scientific opinion with a stakeholder consultation. Read more…
A new study warns that young adults who have higher levels of mercury in their systems may face a 65 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Read more…
- 15 – Brussels, Belgium: EPHECT Stakeholders meeting on chemicals in consumer products and indoor air quality - Registration closes on 14 May. Register and download the full programme here
- 16 - Brussels, Belgium: EP event - Can EU citizens afford their medicines? The economic crisis and access to medicines in Europe - More information and register here
- 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
- 24 – 25 - Brussels, Belgium: European Citizen’s Summit - First ever citizen’s summit. Express your interest here before 14 May
- 20-23 – Basel, Switzerland: ISES-ISEE-ISIAQ 2013: Environment and Health – Bridging North, South, East and West - More information 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
- 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.
Health and Environment
- Unacceptable Levels Documentary video on demand release set for July 15
Wall Street Journal, 2 May 2013
- Scientific Evidence of Health Effects from Coal Use in Energy Generation
HCWH & University of Illinois at Chicago report, April 2013
- Gesundheitsschäden durch Kohlekraftwerke: Neue Studie befeuert Debatte
Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 24 April 2013
- Schadstoffstudie: Kohlekraft verursacht Tausende Todesfälle pro Jahr
Spiegel Online, 24 April 2013
- Studie: Kohlekraftwerke ruinieren die Gesundheit
Die Welt, 25 April 2013
- A vote in favour of the climate
European Voice, 11 April 2013
- Call a greater reduction in the limit of methylmercury in fish
Agris Online, 7 May 2013
- HEAL welcomes the prominence given to improving #health in Europe in the 7th EU EAP http://bit.ly/11TaqPH
- #CHEcall featuring David Gee and Lisette van Vliet from @HealthandEnv on precaution
- Road #traffic #noise increases risk of #diabetes http://bit.ly/10TkkmK
Last updated on 30 May 2013