Climate and Health News Digest, October 15 2015

Global | Launch of Our Climate Our Health

Health Care Without Harm is proud to be a partner in Our Climate Our Health, a global campaign by the Global Climate and Health Alliance to engage health professionals in the lead-up to the UN climate change negotiations in December.

This campaign reflects the breadth and diversity of the health sector’s increasing involvement in climate change advocacy over the last several years. Our Climate Our Health will showcase numerous examples of where health professionals and organizations are already taking action, including:

Global | Webinar on Health Impacts of Energy Choices

A webinar on October 21 (October 22 in parts of the world) will discuss the health impacts of energy options, and how the health sector can play a role in informing policy decisions that promote healthy energy.

Partners of the Healthy Energy Initiative will present case studies from Australia, South Africa, India, and Europe. The webinar is being offered as part of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Webinar Series. Register now!

Global | Paris Conference on Climate Change and Health Care

Health Care Without Harm and the French Hospital Federation are co-organizing a Conference on Climate Change and Health Care in Paris on December 4, parallel with the negotiations at the UN Climate Conference.

The event will bring together managers of healthcare facilities and community health professionals in France, as well as representatives of institutions in Europe, US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Learn more and register.

India | Doctors Blame Air Pollution for Sharp Rise in Respiratory Diseases

A sharp rise in cases of chest and throat disease in India is being blamed by doctors on worsening air pollution in the country, which is home to 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world.

The problem is not limited to Delhi, the capital, whose air pollution has received the most attention. Parts of Chennai, for example, are home to coal-burning power stations and other industrial sites, and residential areas nearby experience deadly levels of fine particulates and other pollutants. Read more.

Healthy Energy News Roundup

Upcoming Events


Oct. 21 Webinar: Health Impacts of Energy Choices: Opportunities for Health Sector Leadership. Register.

Dec. 4 in Paris: Paris Conference on Climate Change and Health Care. Register.

Dec. 5 in Paris: Climate and Health Summit. Save the date.
Hospitals, Health Systems and Health Care Facilities, sign the Pledge and become a climate leader today!

Learn about the Health Care Commitment to Tackle Climate Change Launched at Clinton Global Initiative
Organizations and individuals in the health community: show your commitment to clean, renewable, healthy energy choices. Learn more and endorse

Reports and Publications



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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