Climate and Health News Digest, March 17, 2016

Global | Global Climate and Health Alliance Seeks New Executive Director

A London-based Executive Director position is available with the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA). The Alliance, of which Health Care Without Harm is a founding member, works to empower and amplify the voice of health professionals in national and international climate change forums. Applications are open until Friday the 1st of April. Read more from GCHA.

Global | WHO Estimates 12.6 Million Deaths Each Year from Unhealthy Environments

Nearly 1 in 4 global deaths – 12.6 million people – resulted from living or working in unhealthy environments in 2012, according to new estimates from the WHO. These environmental risk factors include climate change and air pollution, which can be mitigated with proven, cost-effective measures such as increasing access to low-carbon energy, reducing the use of solid fuels for cooking, improving urban transit and urban planning, and building energy-efficient housing. Read more from WHO. 

US | Dignity Health CEO: More Needs To Be Done To Prioritize Climate Change

In a powerful op-ed, Lloyd Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, one of the United States’ largest health systems, championed the health care industry’s “moral responsibility to address climate change head-on.” Dean described successful approaches such as transitioning to renewable energy, implementing energy efficiency, advocating for supportive legislation, and restricting investments in thermal coal companies. Read more from Health Affairs Blog.

Europe | €8.5 Billion in Health Costs from Balkan Coal Plants Prompt Call for EU Policy Rethink

The public health costs of polluted air from existing coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans are 8.5 EUR billion per year, according to a new study from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Energy Initiative partner in Europe. The costings of the significant health damage should prompt a rethink on the EU’s policy approach to the region, said HEAL. Read more from HEAL.

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
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