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Newsletter February 2010

Environment and Health Policy

NGOs prepare for Fifth Ministerial Conference on environment and health

Now, more than ever, the health of children is threatened by changing environments. Our health systems face increasing challenges, from socio-economic and gender inequalities to extreme climatic events, which must be met with an effective environmental health agenda. At the Fifth Ministerial Conference on environment and health, held in Italy early next month (March 10-12), Ministers of health and the environment, experts and non-governmental organisations from the 53 WHO European (...)

Environment and health policy update - February 2010

Environment and Health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer On 9 February, the European Parliament will vote on the new European Commission, after having held hearings with each Commissioner designate. Click below to read a summary of the hearing of the Commissioner-designates for; Climate, Connie Hedegaard’s Health, John Dalli. Article: "Patients first. Consumers first" : Designate Commissioner John (...)

UK alliance launched to prevent cancer

The Alliance for Cancer Prevention, launched in the United Kingdom in late 2009, aims to challenge the existing perception that the control and treatment of cancer being the best way forward and seeks equal recognition for primary prevention. The Alliance wants the cancer establishment to acknowledge the environmental and occupational risk factors for preventable cancers. Helen Lynn, long time campaigner and the facilitator of the new Alliance, says the initiative aims to provide a robust (...)

Youth participation at Parma

Young people from seventeen countries of the World health Organization’s European Region met in Brussels in January to build capacity for youth involvement in the upcoming WHO Environment and health conference. Twenty youth representatives met in the HEAL offices in early January for a preparatory seminar in the run up to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health to be hosted by the Italian Ministry of Health in Parma, 10-12th of March 2010. (...)

About us & our members

HEAL Secretariat News February 2010

Press releases and media 01/02/2010 Health groups call for 40% target on carbon emissions 14/01/2010 Cancer-linked pesticides used in schools - New survey HEAL media coverage for January 2010 HEAL in the media. Publications Report: Pesticides - a toxic education? a survey of pesticides in UK schools Article: A breath of fresh air? HEAL in Parliament Magazine New newsletter: Pesticides and Health E-News - January 2010 Chemicals Health Monitor February Bulletin Conference and meetings (...)

New child injury fact sheets

HEAL member, the European Child Safety Alliance have launched a new range of fact sheets on child injury prevention. The new fact sheets cover a range of injury topic themes including water, road, home and leisure, and product safety. Each sheet includes European based data and injury facts, effective prevention measures, and recommended actions and policies. European Child Safety Alliance is a programme of the European Association for Injury (...)

New coalition created for safer toys

HEAL member organisations WECF and Eco Accord, alongside a group of international health and environment non-governmental organisations have formed a new working group to ensure safe toys for the healthy future of children. The “Safe Toys Coalition” aims to protect children’s health by striving for a world free of toxic and unsafe toys. They address decision makers, producers, retailers and the public on national, regional and international level and help consumers to make informed (...)

New project promoting children’s environment and health

HEAL member, The Paediatric Cultural Association (ACP), will launch a project to promote children’s environment and health this month (February). “Let’s give a helping hand for a better world” will be run jointly by ACP and the district of Padua. The campaign aims to work with young children from 0-6 years and their families to promote awareness of environment and health issues and the adoption of positive environmental health practices. The project called “Let’s give a helping hand for a (...)

Mercury and health

Mercury Policy Update - February 2010

Mercury and Health Policy developments- An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held its first discussion on a proposed law concerning information on food to consumers. HEAL’s action on Mercury and health HEAL and the Zero Mercury Working Group sent a joint letter to Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public (...)


Bisphenol A Update

European Food Safety Authority invites experts to discuss Bisphenol A The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will invite national experts from the EU Member States to a meeting by early April to discuss its ongoing scientific work with regard to bisphenol A (BPA). At the meeting, EFSA, the EU’s food safety watchdog, the will outline its draft opinion on BPA, which is currently being prepared by EFSA’s scientific panel on food contact materials (CEF Panel), prior to its expected (...)

Chemicals and health policy update - February 2010

Chemicals and Health Policy developments- An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact The European Commission’s Directorate General on Environment has a forthcoming study on the mixtures of chemicals to which we, animals and the environment are continually exposed and what is known about ‘cocktail’ effects. This study, which examines the state of toxicological science on mixtures and how they are dealt with in EU regulations, will (...)

Toxic Matters: helping to avoid hazardous chemicals

The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment’s (PRHE), part of the university of California, have produced a new guide designed to help individuals avoid exposure to toxic substances that are present in our daily lives. Toxic Matters is a non-technical guide, providing evidence-based recommendations for preventing exposure to environmental substances with adverse reproductive and developmental health impacts. (...)


Campaigners call on pesticides manufacturer to withdraw the most hazardous chemicals

The Coalition against Bayer Dangers (CBG), based in Germany, have called on the multinational company Bayer to withdraw their most dangerous pesticides from the world market. The network particularly calls on Bayer to quit sales of all products which contain active ingredients in Class 1 of the World Health Organisation (WHO) classification of pesticides. Bayer is the world market leader for pesticides, many of which account for pollution and poisonings all over the world. In 1995 Bayer (...)

Pesticides and health policy update - February 2010

Pesticides and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer, On 23 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee will discuss rapporteur’s Christa Klass draft report on the Revision of the EU Biocides Law. In their Council meeting in December, EU Environment Ministers stressed the criteria for excluding certain hazardous biocides for environmental reasons should be strengthened. (...)

Report: Examining DDT’s health effects

A team of researchers has documented a variety of urinary and genital malformations in male babies born to women living in an area of South Africa where the potentially endocrine-disrupting pesticide DDT is still used. The team, reporting in a study published in the British Journal of Urology International, believes the malformations may be connected to the mothers’ DDT exposure. A global halt to DDT’s use went into force under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in (...)

Climate Change

Health groups call for 40% target on carbon emissions

HEAL and member organisation, Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWHE), are calling on EU Heads of States to increase the European target on climate change. Health groups are seeking a 40% unconditional emissions reduction target by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The reductions should be made through domestic action, which they say could bring substantial benefits in improving people’s health and reducing healthcare costs. We issued a joint position statement after the Copenhagen talks in (...)

Climate change and health policy update – February 2010

Climate change and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Pendo Maro, 14–17 January – Informal Environment Council: Ministers agreed to pledge a single EU target for reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, rather than individual national targets, to the annex of the Copenhagen Accord. According to the Copenhagen Accord, all industrialised countries are to submit their emissions (...)

WHO: Moving on from Copenhagen

Healthy people, healthy planet As we all take stock of the implications of the Copenhagen CoP, one lesson is clear. If we are to maintain and expand public and political support to act on climate change, we need the headlines to be more about what we are aiming to achieve, and less about the process. We need to be clear that this is not just about targets and agreements, economy and costs, but about a better future for humanity. In Copenhagen, WHO outlined an additional proposal; to (...)

Air Quality

Air quality policy update - February 2010

Air Quality and health Policy developments - An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more information please contact Anne Stauffer The EU Commission has rejected 11 out of 12 requests by Italy to have more time to comply with air quality targets for Particulate Matter PM10. Only the region of Campania is allowed a time extension. The firm stance of the EU Commission is good news for all those suffering from high air pollution levels. Seven new substances were recently added to (...)

Report: Linking air quality and climate change can be cost-effective

If the effects of air pollution on climate change are included in air quality strategies, efficiency gains of €2.5 billion can be achieved in the EU, according to recent research. Various greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and pollutants both affect the climate and air quality, yet climate change and air pollution are often treated separately in environmental policy. Air pollutants are regulated through the Gothenburg Protocol of the Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (...)

Research: Many air pollutants are higher indoors than outdoors

Levels of many harmful air pollutants are higher indoors than outdoors, according to new research conducted within the European Union, released this week (8th February). These latest findings, which identify the main polluters and map their geographical distribution, come from the European Indoor Air Monitoring and Exposure Assessment Project (AIRMEX), an EU funded project. The importance of the health impacts of indoor air pollution is officially recognised in the European Environment (...)

US Strengthens Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month (22 January) a new national air quality standard for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). This new one-hour standard will protect millions of Americans from peak short-term exposures, which primarily occur near major roads. Short-term exposures to NO2 have been linked to impaired lung function and increased respiratory infections, especially in people with asthma. “This new one-hour standard is designed to protect the air we breathe and (...)

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