Climate and Health News Digest, February 22, 2016

US | Health Organizations Defend Clean Power Plan

The Supreme Court temporarily put a freeze on the Clean Power Plan, the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s pledge in Paris last December, designed to combat climate change by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. In response, Health Care Without Harm and other prominent health groups defended the Clean Power Plan, pointing out how it would protect public health from the threats of climate change as well as from the dangerous air pollutants produced by power plants.

Global | Climate Change and Zika Virus

With the rise in global temperatures comes an increasing threat of outbreaks of vector- and water-borne diseases. While the transmission of infectious diseases such as Zika virus are driven by complex environmental and social factors, adding climate change to the mix destabilizes what is already a global health challenges.  The Zika virus and its suspected link to serious birth defects have recently been declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization. Read more.

Philippines | New Study: The Human Cost of Current and Future Coal Production

A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard University revealed that approximately 960 deaths annually can be attributed to existing coal-fired power plants in the Philippines. If the 29 proposed coal plants in the country become operational, the number of deaths may increase to 2,410 annually. These are conservative estimates that do not account for certain conditions such as premature births and neurological diseases. Read more.

Turkey | Toolkit on Coal Power Generation and Health

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched a new toolkit on coal power generation and health in Turkey. The aim is to support local health professionals and community groups engaged in initiatives to prevent new coal power plants from being built. Read more.

Healthy Energy News Roundup

Organizations and individuals in the health community: show your commitment to clean, renewable, healthy energy choices. Learn more and endorse
Hospitals, Health Systems and Health Care Facilities, sign the Pledge and become a climate leader today!

Learn about how hospitals worldwide are joining together to fight climate change.


Reports and Publications

The Health Impacts of Energy Choices:
A Briefing Paper for the Health Community. Download report


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
Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list