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  • Four Ways to Reduce Health Risks from Climate Pollutants

    The World Health Organisation and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants have produced a report outlining the urgent need to reduce emissions of black carbon, ozone, methane and carbon dioxide, which all contribute to climate change. Frequently described as ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • The cost of air pollution impacts on health

    Researchers have developed a new model to assess the health-related external costs arising from air pollution from ten major emission sectors. Applying the model at national and Europe-wide levels, they suggested that the major contributors to costs were industrial power production, agriculture, road traffic and domestic combustion. In recent years, policy action to reduce emissions has targeted ...

  • Fighting for climate improves health for millions

    The report is timely-published only a week before international climate negotiations are to begin in Copenhagen.  The collaborative report by scientists from the UK, US and Canada, provides a boost to negotiators seeking an international climate deal in Denmark.  'Policymakers need to know that if they exert their efforts in certain directions, they can obtain important public health benefits as ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Health & Climate Change - The Lancet Commission

    The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to map out the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses. The central finding from the Commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. The report is also accompanied by ten underlying recommendations to accelerate action ...


    By DelAgua Group

  • Climate change, the Indoor Environment and Health

    A report from the US Institute of Medicine warns that the effort to counter climate change has spurred a shift to untested new materials and building retrofits that could limit and alter the air flow inside buildings. The report says this may concentrate indoor pollutants.  'America is in the midst of a large experiment in which weatherization efforts, retrofits, and other initiatives ...


    By PPM Technology

  • Air pollution and climate policies not in conflict

    Air pollution policy does not undermine the long-term goals of climate change policy, a new study concludes. Although reductions in the pollutant sulphur dioxide could have some warming effects on the Earth’s temperature, the impacts are only short term and will never outweigh climate policy’s cooling effects. Some researchers have raised concerns that air pollution policies ...

  • Air pollution and climate policies not in conflict

    Air pollution policy does not undermine the long-term goals of climate change policy, a new study concludes. Although reductions in the pollutant sulphur dioxide could have some warming effects on the Earth’s temperature, the impacts are only short term and will never outweigh climate policy’s cooling effects. Some researchers have raised concerns that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World Health Assembly Passes Landmark Resolution on Air Pollution and Health

    The resolution identifies 13 measures member states should strive to implement, including actions such as: enabling health authorities to raise awareness on the dangers of air pollution, developing guidelines to limit exposure; and working with relevant private and public sector actors on sustainable solutions. In a pivotal decision the 68th World Health Assembly passed a resolution ...

  • Quantification of the interactive effects of ozone pollution on health and ecosystems

    For the first time, researchers have quantified the link between heat waves, the removal of ozone from the atmosphere by vegetation, ground-level ozone concentrations and its impact on human health and ecosystems. They found that high ozone levels, enhanced by effectively ‘turning-off’ the loss of ozone to the vegetated surface, could have caused around 460 extra deaths during a UK ...

  • Health and climate benefits by control of methane and black carbon

    Measures to control methane and black carbon (soot) emissions could improve air quality and public health, in addition to slowing the rate of climate change, according to recent research. By 2030, the reduced pollution could prevent between 700,000 and 4.7 million premature deaths each year, with 80% of the benefits occurring in Asia. Previous studies have linked the formation of ozone at ground ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Climate change could be harmful to your health

    In an address to the GREENHOUSE 2009 conference in Perth, Australia,  Dr Cope said the number of days Sydney experiences temperatures of 30°C or more is projected to increase significantly in the future. “This, in turn, will increase fire risk and associated levels of air pollution,” Dr Cope said. “At higher temperatures, polluting compounds from sources such as motor vehicles or bushfires ...

  • Climate Action Brings Big Benefits to Human Health

    Fast action to cut common pollutants like soot - also known as black carbon - and methane will not only slow global warming, but save millions of lives. Reductions of these so-called short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) would slow rapid melting in the Arctic and in mountain regions with glaciers, like the Himalayas. It would also bring multiple health, crop and ecosystem benefits, and decrease ...

  • Health to be at the centre of the fight against climate change

    The danger and cost of climate change to the health of Europeans is at the forefront of the debate as the fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health begins this week in Parma, Italy. The conference, organised by the World Health Organisation, will include representatives from across Europe and is an important forum on how to tackle cross-cutting environment and health issues such as ...


  • New Online Tool Calculates Health Benefits, Economic Value of Climate Change Efforts that Reduce Air Pollution

    AirCounts™—a new online tool to help large and medium-sized cities calculate the health benefits and monetary value of air quality improvements—was introduced today by its developer, Abt Associates. "As cities across the globe begin establishing climate change policies and programs that include improving air quality, they'll need to ...


    By Abt Associates

  • NRDC: Polluter Partnership Wrong to Reject Climate Action

    The following is a statement from Peter Altman, Climate Campaign director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on misguided complaints issued today by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future about proposed first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. “Big polluters are seeking to protect their profits over public health. The fact is ...

  • Call for health professionals to act on climate change

    Health should be at the centre of our fight against climate change, Health Secretary, Andy Burnham will say this week at the launch of a new report on Health and Climate Change. The report calls on health ministers and professionals across the world to recognise the danger that climate change poses to health, in the run up to the UN conference in Copenhagen in December. Key findings in the report ...


  • World Health Day: Climate and clean air coalition targets indoor and outdoor air pollution

    As one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental initiatives, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) renewed its call today for rapid action to reduce some of the greatest hazards to human health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the health dangers presented by air pollution are far larger than previously thought. “Air ...

  • Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health

    President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. Obama on Tuesday was to announce a series of steps that private entities like Google and Microsoft are taking to better prepare the nation's health systems for the inevitable effects of a warmer, more erratic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Transport sharing boosts health, wealth and climate

    New research into how people’s habits change shows that everyone benefits from car-sharing schemes − apart from car manufacturers who suffer a loss of sales. Car sharing is a growing social trend across Europe and North America and is expected to increase by 36% annually to 2020, especially in compact cities where people do not need a car every day but ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Climate Deniers Are Uninterested in Debating the Need to Address Climate Change, Public Health

    The following is a statement from Ed Chen, federal communications director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in response to an announced Republican congressional investigation of NRDC’s role in combating climate change and protecting public health: “Sen. Vitter, Rep. Issa and their colleagues are acting as if fighting for public health were an un-American activity. Democratic ...

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