Climate and Health News Digest, April 11, 2016

Philippines | Workshop Advances Health Impact Assessment of Energy Choices

As part of the Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) - Asia hosted a workshop on conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIA) for energy policies and projects from March 7 to 9, 2016. Over 50 researchers, policy-makers, and advocates in public health, energy, environment, law, finance, and economic development gathered to learn the principles and process of HIA, as well as to discuss challenges and opportunities in the use and institutionalization of HIA in the Philippines and across the globe. Read more about the workshop highlights and outcomes.

Global | Policy Brief on NCDs and Climate Change Highlights Shared Opportunities

The Global Climate and Health Alliance and the NCD Alliance have launched a joint policy brief on the synergies between enabling healthier lives and protecting the climate. Entitled 'NCDs and Climate Change - Shared Opportunities for Action,’ it outlines challenges and interventions in four interrelated policy areas where there are important synergies between climate change mitigation and non-communicable disease prevention: energy, transport, air pollution, and food and agriculture. Read more.

US | Climate and Health Assessment Strengthens Evidence Base

The US Global Change Research Program has released a new report: The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. Drawing from decades of advances in the physical science of climate change, the report presents updated evidence on the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare – including mental health -- and the factors that make some individuals and communities particularly vulnerable. While the report does not directly provide policy recommendations, it serves as a valuable scientific reference to substantiate policy advocacy efforts.

  • Read the statement from the Health Care Climate Council: “Hospitals Urge Action with Release of National Climate and Health Assessment”
  • Explore the Climate and Health Assessment’s interactive website
  • Read an editorial in Environmental Health Perspectives by the report’s contributing authors

UK | Leading Health Bodies Launch UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Major health institutions in the UK have launched the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which brings together the voices of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to advocate for better approaches to tackling climate change that protect and promote public health, whilst also reducing the burden on health services. The founding members of the UK Health Alliance include the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, The Lancet, and The BMJ. Learn more.

Global | IFMSA Launches Training Manual on Climate and Health

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations has launched a new training manual: Climate and Health: Enabling Students and Young Professionals to Understand and Act Upon Climate Change Using a Health Narrative, developed in collaboration with the WHO, and the United Nations Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. The manual aims to provide training and education opportunities for students on the health consequences of climate change, the co-benefits of mitigation, and the role of health sector in adaptation and mitigation efforts. 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
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