Climate and Health News Digest, June 2, 2016

Global | “Reaching a Tipping Point”: Climate a Key Issue at World Health Assembly

Almost six months after she helped broker a unanimous agreement among 195 governments in Paris, Christiana Figueres, head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, came to the World Health Assembly to urge ministers of health to prioritize climate change. Figueres eloquently argued that “working on climate change is [our] best prevention strategy” and that ministers need to use “the health microphone… [to] translate what climate change actually means for real people.”

Health Care Without Harm’s Josh Karliner discusses how climate change — widely considered to be the greatest health threat of the century — broke through in a big way this year at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Read more.

Global | Dignity Health Urges Bold Climate Leadership at Clean Energy Ministerial

“Hospitals and health systems from most every Clean Energy Ministerial country are participating in Health Care Without Harm’s 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, demonstrating innovative ways to create low carbon health care that can be scaled across national systems,” said Sister Susan Vickers, Vice President of Community Health for Dignity Health (2020 Challenge participant), in her dinner address at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). Read more

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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

Healthy Energy Initiative: Clean renewable energy for public health. A project of HCWH

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