Climate and Health News, September 29, 2016

Global | Health Care Without Harm celebrates 20 years of protecting health and environment

Celebrating Health Care Without Harm’s 20th anniversary, our president and co-founder, Gary Cohen, reflects on the last two decades in the environmental health movement and offers an opportunity for health care to redefine its role in the 21st century. Read more. In addition, HCWH releases a short film entitled “Do No Harm,” which tells the inspiring story of health care’s journey to embrace a broader mission that protects the health of patients and the environment. Read more.

China | Knowledge exchange between China and US to foster environmentally sustainable health care

In a people-to-people exchange, a delegation from the Chinese health sector met with Health Care Without Harm and several major U.S. health systems to identify strategies to address climate change and foster green, environmentally sustainable, climate-resilient health care in both countries. Read more.

Global | Conference on Climate and Health Care at COP22 – Register now!

As world leaders convene in Marrakech, Morroco to map out strategies to achieve the climate goals agreed upon in Paris last year, Health Care Without Harm and The Mohammed VI University Hospital of Marrakech are pleased to host the Climate and Health Care Conference – COP22 on November 14, 2016. Read more.

India | Environmental health expert visits coal plants to jumpstart research

From September 12 to 23, 2016, Dr. Peter Orris, scientific adviser to Health Care Without Harm, visited several coal plant communities that will undergo an environmental health impact assessment as part of HCWH’s Healthy Energy Initiative work in India. Read more.

India | After 10 years, 1,320-MW coal plant plan cancelled

A 1320-MW coal plant proposal in Cudallore, India was cancelled as a “result of almost a decade-long fight” and a “demonstration of Cuddalore people’s determination to fight toxic plans in the region.” Read more.

India | Health experts raise concern about proposed air pollution index

In April 2016, India’s Central Pollution Control Board had come out with new guidelines on Cumulative Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) calculations, which for the first time incorporated several health criteria. However, public health experts and environmental activists expressed concern about the health sub-index, noting several issues and gaps. Read more.

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