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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

How does the environment affect our health? A foreword by HEAL’s Executive Director Génon K. Jensen for Pan European Networks
HEAL kicks off the new year by sharing a foreword with readers of the magazine Pan European Networks, in which our Executive Director Génon K. Jensen reflects on past achievements and future challenges for environmental health in Europe and beyond. Read more…

Arrest of leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA)
HEAL stands with the World Medical Association and the Standing Committee of European Doctors in expressing grave concern over the arrest of TMA representatives.

EU Presidency: Bulgaria should walk the talk on air quality
Health groups are dismayed at Bulgaria’s decision to join a Polish legal challenge on stricter air emission standards (LCP BREF), when the country has proclaimed clean air as one of the priorities of the EU Presidency. Read more...

HEAL Goes Global - What does it take to beat pollution? (video)
Watch HEAL’s Vijoleta Gordeljevic and Eva Takaria discuss with civil society, governments and stakeholders how different forms of pollution impact people’s lives and why everyone should care about beating pollution, during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more...

Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) publishes summary of proceedings from the 2017 Climate and Health Summit
The 2017 Global Climate and Health Summit, which HEAL helped organise, brought together health actors from around the world to discuss the importance of highlighting health in the climate debate. Read and share the presentations and sessions. Read more...

Take Action!

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’

- Become a supporter of the EDC-Free Europe coalition!

- Follow our brand new HEAL Balkan pages on Facebook and Instagram


- HEAL briefing: Boosting health by improving air quality in the Balkans (available in English & Bosnian), December 2017

- Benefit assessment methodologies for the LCP BREF implementation (by Mike Holland, EMRC), January 2018

- Letter on decision to challenge air pollution control measures to Bulgarian ministers, January 2018

- New HEAL report: World governments make citizens pay billions to destroy their own health. Full report available here, July 2017

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper - available in English, Polish and Czech, June 2017

- Quick guide: How to calculate health impacts and costs from coal, HEAL publication, June 2017

- New flyer on the Unmask My City campaign, June 2017

- Guide on the health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

- The Unpaid Health Bill - How coal power plants in the Western Balkans make us sick

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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