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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

  • WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

    Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • White House stifled evidence of climate change health risks

    Officials in the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office pressured federal health and environmental officials to edit congressional testimony to downplay the public health impacts of climate change, according to a former senior official with the US Environmental Protection Agency. Senior Senate Democrats contend the allegations of Jason Burnett, the EPA's former top climate advisor, ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Study: Latinos Face Major Health Risks from Delays of EPA Air Pollution Rules

    Latinos are among those facing the greatest risk from efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updates to health safeguards protecting Americans from ozone, mercury and other dangerous air pollutants, according to a major new report from the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Center for American Progress, and the National ...

  • 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 ...


  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Often-overlooked yet potent pollutant nitrous oxide poses Ozone and climate risks, UN warns

    Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), an often-overlooked yet potent gas, could nearly double by 2050 and thus potentially undermine gains in the ozone layer recovery and exacerbate climate change. Drawing Down N2O to Protect Climate and the Ozone Layer, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), warns that nitrous oxide is now the most important ozone-depleting emission and the third most ...

  • 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 ...

  • Risky Business – The Economic Risks From Climate Change

    The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” summarizes findings of an independent ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NRDC: Misguided Attempt to Handcuff EPA Puts Children’s Health At Risk

    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVA., and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-KY., announced details today of legislation meant to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. Following is a statement from David Hawkins, Director of Climate Programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council: "This would handcuff the EPA, preventing it from ...

  • Renewable heat incentive ignores air pollution health impacts warns EPUK

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today, risks increasing air pollution in urban areas, warns leading charity Environmental Protection UK. The RHI scheme will offer households regular payments for installing eligible renewable heat systems, including biomass burners such as wood fired boilers. Biomass heating systems can release ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • EPA Awards Grants to Reduce Indoor Pollutant Exposure, Protect Public Health

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded funding to eight organizations throughout the United States to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices and other large buildings. Through a competitive grant process, EPA is providing $4.5 million in funds to ensure ...

  • Even moderate air pollution can raise stroke risks

    Air pollution, even at levels generally considered safe by federal regulations, increases the risk of stroke by 34 percent, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers have found. Writing in the Feb. 14, 2012 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers who studied more than 1,700 stroke patients in the Boston area over a 10-year ...

  • US study finds health and environmental risk in building insulation

    Researchers in the United States are calling for a change to the US building codes, following a study showing that the mandatory flame retardants routinely added to foam insulation are not only harmful to human health and the environment, but also make no difference to the prevention of fire in buildings where a fire-safe thermal barrier already exists. Such a change would bring the US building ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

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