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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

EU limits permission to pollute for dirty coal - health gains in sight
Health, environment and climate groups have welcomed the decision by EU Member States of new air pollution standards (LCP BREF) which will force the coal industry to reduce their toxic fumes and save more than 20,000 lives every year. Read more…

Unmask my City: Health professionals urge authorities to fight pollution & unmask cities
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is calling on city authorities to clean up the air in Europe as part of the “Unmask my City” campaign launched on World Asthma Day 2017. Read more…

The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive
As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, HEAL joined other European civil society organisations to call on EU leaders to show leadership for a healthy environment for all.Read more...

HEAL participates in EU ‘Noise in Europe’ conference
More than 100 million people suffer from noise levels considered to have a negative effect on health in the EU. Member States’ representatives, scientists, and civil society to discuss how to tackle environmental noise. HEAL’s Deputy Director Roberta Savli outlined the evidence on how noise is impacting our health. Read more…

Negotiations continue ahead of Sixth WHO Ministerial Conference
HEAL participated in negotiations on the draft ministerial documents during the European Environment and Health Task Force meeting held in Copenhagen in 10 – 11 April. Work will continue on May 16 in Vienna before the Ministerial Conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic 13 – 15 June. Read more…


Take Action!

- #StopGlyphosate ECI. Protect our health, sign our petition today!

- Nominate and vote on your subsidy in the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards

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

- SumOfUs petition to reject Commission proposal on EDCs criteria. Petition is also available in French, Spanish, and in German.

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


Publications

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- Open letter to Members of REACH Committee on D4D5, phthalates, and nanoforms

- Letter to the EP Environment Committee - EDCs: One more way CETA endangers public health and the environment

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position Paper. Also available in Czech.

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

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- HEAL supports urgent call for signatories: Health for 55% of the world’s population

- 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 »

Members

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 »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

Direct telephone numbers: HEAL team page.

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