Climate and Health News Digest, August 31, 2016

China | China could prevent 4 million pollution deaths by 2030 with a carbon tax, says IMF

A background paper prepared by the International Monetary Fund reported that a carbon or coal tax in China may lead to substantial environmental, economic, and health benefits. It was estimated that close to 4 million lives can be saved from 2017 to 2030 should the carbon tax progressively rise to RMB 455 (USD 68) per ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 2030. Read more.

China and India | India to outpace China in air pollution death rate

US-based research organization Health Effects Institute reported that burning coal has the worst health impact of any source of air pollution in China, causing 366,000 premature deaths in 2013. Read more.
However, it is also anticipated that India, whose study results will be out next year, will outpace China in terms of increase in deaths due to air pollution due to weak coal reduction commitments and emission regulations. Read more.

Europe | New campaign to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies to benefit health

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Healthy Energy Initiative’s European partner, is launching a campaign focused on health as a driver to accelerate the end of fossil fuel subsidies. The campaign, which will officially launch in Autumn of this year, builds on the knowledge that fossil fuels such as coal largely contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and air pollution which harms health. Read more.

Asia | Asia hospitals declare commitment to becoming climate-resilient

Last August 3 – 5, 2016, Health Care Without Harm-Asia convened hospitals, health systems, and health organizations from all over Asia during the 2016 Green Hospitals Asia Regional Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Through the Yogyakarta Declaration, participants emphasized the need for governments and the health sector to act together towards addressing climate change and protecting public health and the environment. Read more.

South Africa | Environmental organizations call on government to tighten requirements for reporting on emissions of greenhouse gases

groundWork, Health Care Without Harm’s South Africa partner, submitted comments to the Department of Environmental Affairs in July 2016 on the Draft National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations. The groups noted that the document proposes a reporting system that is both ambiguous and complex, and that gives too much freedom to industry to determine how they plan to calculate and report on their GHG emissions. Read more.

US | Former cleanup workers blame illnesses on toxic coal ash exposures

Research on coal ash has examined its risks to the environment and the health of communities – but not workers. In recent years, some workers are stepping forward and filing lawsuits targeting specific ash sites such as the earthen dam managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which collapsed in 2008. Read more.

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