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Philippines | Energy and Health Sectors Shape Common Climate Agenda

Over the last several months, leaders from the energy and health sectors in the Philippines have come together with climate advocates to spark a national conversation and develop a common agenda that links climate resilience, sustainable energy, and health equity.

The readiness of interdisciplinary experts to work together, along with the launch of the Philippines campaign of the Healthy Energy Initiative (a program of Health Care Without Harm-Asia), has created much needed momentum in a country that faces the dual threat of new thermal coal facilities and severe health risks from climate change.
April 10: HCWH-Asia and the OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation hosted a roundtable discussion entitled, “NEXUS: Shaping a Common Agenda for Climate, Energy, and Health.”
April 22: In commemoration of Earth Day, HCWH-Asia supported the launch of a year-long campaign to push for renewable energy transformation in the Philippines.  
February 25: HCWH-Asia called on French President François Hollande and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to “not forget public health as a central element in climate action.

US | New Carbon Standards Could Save Thousands of Lives 

The US EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan would prevent approximately 3,500 premature deaths each year and offer other public health benefits due to improvements in air quality. These were among the findings of a new study in Nature Climate Change on the health co-benefits of changes to US power plant carbon standards. Read more and access the study.

Europe | Air Pollution Costs European Economies $1.6 Trillion a Year

The diseases and 600,000 premature deaths caused by air pollution are costing European economies a staggering $1.6 trillion a year, according to a new study published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the OECD. The amount is approximately one tenth of the GDP of the entire European Union in 2013. Read more

Australia | Climate change challenges to health

A new report by the Australian Academy of Science warns of climate challenges in relation to the nation’s health, focusing on extreme weather events, disease, food and water, jobs, and security. Endorsed by the Australian Medical Association, the report makes eight key recommendations, including identification of vulnerable groups and better coordination and research, communication, and action across sectors. Read more and download the report.

India | Communities Sue IFC for Destructive Coal Plant

Fishing communities and farmers from India filed suit against the International Finance Corporation, the private-lending arm of the World Bank Group, in US Federal Court, arguing that the IFC’s lending for a 4,150 megawatt coal-fired power plant threatened their health, livelihoods, and natural resources. Read more.

Global | Climate Change, Food Safety, and Public Health

The Global Climate and Health Alliance released a briefing document that explores how climate change threatens food safety through potential increases in food- and water-borne diseases, algal blooms, and food insecurity. The serious public health implications of food safety risks are yet another justification for the health sector to advocate for strong national and international climate policy. Read more

Reports and Publications

Health Effects from Coal Use in Energy GenerationDownload report
Addressing Climate Change in Health Care Settings. Download report
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Health Care Worldwide. A project of HCWH
Healthy Energy Initiative: Clean renewable energy for public health. A project of HCWH
HCWH is a member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance
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