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Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.  Health Care Without Harm is working with doctors, nurses, hospitals and health ministries around the world to lead society in addressing the public health impacts of climate change. Donate now

Reports and Publications

Health Care & Climate Change: An Opportunity for Transformative Leadership.Download pdf
Scientific Evidence of Health Effects from Coal Use in Energy Generation. Download pdf
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda is a document that sets out to support existing efforts around the world to promote greater sustainability and environmental health in the health sector, and thereby to strengthen health systems globally.

Conference on Health and Climate Change: Civil Society Call to Action

Last week the WHO convened a Conference on Health and Climate Change attended by more than 300 people, including 30 ministers of health, official representatives from several dozen countries, scientists, economists, and representative from civil society health organizations.

The conference identified the urgency of the climate problem in its many health dimensions as well as a framework for the health sector to move forward in addressing it. Read the following:

Media Coverage:

  • August 31,, New Zealand | WHO: Climate Change Major Threat to Human Health. Read more
  • August 30, Le Devoir, Canada | Quand Le Climat Devient Une Urgence de Santé Publique Read more
  • August 29, RTCC | Declare Climate Change Health Emergency, Say Charities. Read more
  • August 29, | Africa: Leaders Meet to Discuss Growing Need for Climate-Resilient Health Systems. Read more
  • August 28, Huffington Post, Canada | Canada Should Start Taking Climate Change Very Seriously. Read more
  • August 28, | UN Climate Chief: 'Not Very Far' from Considering 'Climate Change as a Public Health Emergency'. Read more
  • August 27, The Tree Alerts | Health Summit to Show Bold Climate Action Will Save Lives. Read more

Key Quote

  • “The health sector has led the worldwide move away from tobacco, lead in gasoline and other harmful products. It is now time for us to help lead a rapid transition from unhealthy fossil fuels to healthy, clean renewable energy in order to protect public health from local air pollution and global climate change.” Josh Karliner, Director Global Projects, Health Care Without Harm.


HCWH's President and Founder, Gary Cohen


Delegates settle into the plenary to discuss the final summary and conclusions.

Delegates settle into the plenary to discuss the final summary and conclusions. Source: IISD

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