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HEAL Newsflash - November 2013

HEAL to co-host health and environment film screenings and debates

From 4 to 11 February 2014, HEAL is co-hosting a Health and Environment documentaries programme and debate as part of the 31st International Environmental Film Festival in Paris. Expert panels will feature film directors, relevant scientific experts and those affected by the themes highlighted in the selected films. Read more...

Symposium of the environmental health economics network

In October, HEALer Anne Stauffer took part in the second symposium and advisory group meeting on environmental health and economics in Bonn, Germany, organised by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (ECEH). Read more…

First-ever textbook on children’s environmental health

Philip J. Landrigan and Ruth A. Etzel, two leading U.S. paediatricians compiled and edited this landmark textbook. HEAL contributed to this effort with a chapter focusing on public policy on children’s environmental health in Europe. Read more…

CHE Cafe call: Chemical Brain Drain: A Conversation with Philippe Grandjean

Join CHE and HEAL on 3 December for an insightful conversation with Dr. Grandjean, author of Only One Chance: How environmental pollution impairs brain development - and how to protect the brains of the next generation. Read more…

EDC-Free campaign partners call on EU Commission President Barroso for urgent action on EDCs Banner carrying EDC-Free Europe campaigners handed the cabinet of EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, a colourful collage of photos by citizens and groups around Europe who are concerned about EDCs, asking for immediate action to bring out delayed EU EDC proposals. Read more…

HEAL welcomes manifesto on breast cancer launched in UK

Breast Cancer UK presented its manifesto on 23 October ‘Prevention is better than cure: 5 pledges for 2015 and beyond’ calling on the UK Government to stop breast cancer before it starts. HEAL and other UK health groups co-signed this manifesto. Read more…

Collaboration with GAHP at EP event on the global health footprint of development

In October the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) collaborated with MEP Michele Rivasi, the World Bank, HEAL and the European Cancer Leagues at a seminar in the EP to raise awareness about the burden of disease from chemicals, waste and toxic pollution. Read more…

Workshop on Thresholds of Toxicological Concern (TTC) and chemicals in food contact materials

On 17 October HEALer Lisette van Vliet participated at this workshop organised by the Food Packaging Forum in Zurich, which provided relevant scientific background information to understand the concept, and initiate a wider discussion. Read more…

Join HEAL in wishing TEDX a happy 10th anniversary

TEDX founder Theo Colborn who has become the President Emeritus of TEDX, celebrated its 10th anniversary with Executive Director Carol Kwiatkowski this year. Clearly, the small team at TEDX continues to be an organisation that can “change the world”, as HEAL noted in its celebratory tribute. Read more...

Health and medical organisations convene successful Climate and Health Summit in Warsaw

On 16 November the 2nd International Climate and Health Summit took place in Warsaw alongside the official COP19 climate negotiations. The Summit was organised by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) together with the World Medical Association and the WHO. HEAL is a founding member of the Alliance and the local convening partner of the Summit. Read more…

HEAL promotes health benefits at COP19

During the COP19 climate negotiations in Warsaw earlier this month, HEAL’s delegation successfully brought forward the messages from the health and medical professionals and representatives of patients’ organisations into the climate debate. Read more…

Cough4coal: HEAL’s work inspires creative action in Berlin and Warsaw

An eight metre tall set of inflatable pink lungs were recently created by artist Artur van Balen as a tool for the international Cough4Coal campaign, which made an appearance outside a Coal and Climate Summit in Warsaw. Medical students, NGOs and the general public public joined the ‘people before coal’ protect, and HEAL provided expertise on the health impacts of coal during the development phase of the campaign. Read more…

HEAL speaks to Parliamentarians about health impacts of climate change

On 6 November HEAL Executive Director Genon K. Jensen spoke about the climate impacts on health at a European Parliament event hosted by CAN Europe, Globe EU and Climate Parliament. Read more

HEAL ‘meets and greets’ EFA members at workshop on air quality

On the occasion of a ‘Meet and Greet the EU Institutions’ training session by HEAL member the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA), we were given the opportunity to participate in a workshop on air quality. Read more…

Joint letter to EU Commissioners on the revision of the Thematic Strategy on air pollution

On 17 October HEAL signed a joint letter with environmental and citizens organisations to urge the EU Commission to adopt an ambitious package for cleaner air in the EU. Read more…

ESCAPE shows air pollution linked to low birth weight

A publication by the ESCAPE project of a study in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine shows that exposure to ambient air pollutants and traffic during pregnancy is associated with restricted foetal growth. Read more…

IARC says air pollution causes cancer

In October the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialist agency of the World Health Organization, classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans. Read more…

Zero Mercury Working Group welcomes new Mercury Convention, calls for its speedy ratification

The Zero Mercury Working Group, an international coalition of over 95 NGOs urges 50 countries to step up and ratify the new Mercury Convention by 2015 - ‘50 by 2015 – Make it Happen!’ Read more…

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Events

November

  • 25-27 November, Oslo, Norway – HEAL participates in Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health . More information available here
  • 28 November, Brussels, Belgium – What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement, organised by European COPD Coalition, EFA and the Lithuanian European Presidency. More information available here

December

  • 2 – 4 December, Brussels, Belgium - EPHA workshop on the environment and health determinants from an EU angle. More information available from the EPHA website http://www.epha.org/

9 December, Bonn, Germany – HEAL participates in WHO Second meeting of the Working Group on Climate Change and Health (HIC) HIC

9 December – Strasbourg, France: Closing conference of the European Year of Air. More information available here

10 December – Brussels, Belgium: HEAL speaking at European Voice and ERS breakfast briefing on lung health in Europe. More information available here

10 – 11 December – Paris, France: Chemical mixtures: challenges for research and risk assessment, organised by ANSES in collaboration with BfR and DTU Food. More information available here

10-11 December – Brussels, Belgium: HEAL participates in WHO Third meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF)

18 – Beit Hel HaAvir, Israel: Exposure to Environmental Pollutants, Diabetes and Obesity. More information here

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HEAL tweets

  • @ClimateAirHEAL shows Human Cost of Power video-health impacts of expansion of coal&unconventional gas in Australia http://bit.ly/18Df6ND
  • A message to @WorldCoal: Please put people before coal #air #health #climate. Coal burning damages our lungs, it affects how well we breathe pic.twitter.com/5Q0Q4vLvv1
  • OBELIX conference: Andreas Gies German Fed envt agency says #EDC policy & criteria most important reg in #Europe since leg on carcinogens
  • Fracking has immense potential to negatively impact human #health & environmental quality. Join the #globalfrackdown! http://bit.ly/18dZAbL

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