Climate and Health News, July 19, 2016

Global | Conference on Health and Climate sets health action agenda for implementation of Paris Agreement

More than 300 government ministers, health experts and practitioners, and other participants came together at the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate, hosted by the WHO and the Government of France, to propose key actions for the implementation of the Paris Agreement to reduce health risks linked to climate change. These actions include switching to cleaner energy sources, advancing low-carbon health care, and increasing the resilience of health systems and health determinants to climate risks. 

Highlights from the Conference:

US | Geostellar launches nationwide solar program for health care systems

Working in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, Geostellar announced the launch of Solar.Clinic, a program for health care systems to offer solar energy to their employees, patients, and community members. The program was launched with health systems Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Gundersen Health System, and Providence Health & Services, all of which are members of the Health Care Climate Council. Read more.

Europe | Report: Coal phase out is not to be missed public health opportunity

In 2013 coal emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill health from heart disease to bronchitis, and up to EUR 62.3 billion in health costs, according to a new report from the Health and Environment Alliance and partners. The report concludes that coal pollution and its health impacts travel far beyond borders, and that a full coal phase-out in the EU would bring enormous benefits for the health of people across Europe. Read more.

US | Health considerations drive ban on storage and handling of coal at Oakland export terminal

After a year of debate, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to ban the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke based on three separate assessments of the health and safety of both workers at the planned export terminal as well as local residents who already suffer from high levels of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Read more.

Philippines | A call to incoming Philippine President to respond to public health threats of climate change

Health and environmental advocates came together to urge the incoming administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to come up with a cohesive and responsive health strategy that recognizes climate change as a threat to public health. Read more. Encouragingly, President Duterte has appointed environmental stalwart Gina Lopez as the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Ms. Lopez has a strong track record in advancing clean air, clean energy, and climate mitigation. Read more.

Global | Report: Small increase in energy investment could halve air pollution deaths by 2040

In its first ever in-depth analysis of air quality, the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s World Energy Outlook special report highlights the links between energy, air pollution, and health. The IEA demonstrates how energy policy choices backed by just a 7% increase in total energy investment through 2040 would produce a sharp improvement in health. Read more.

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Reports and Publications

The Health Impacts of Energy Choices: 
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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

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