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Climate change and health policy update – April 2010

Climate change and health Policy Developments. An overview of policy developments in the EU. For more details, please contact Pendo@env-health.org.

-  On 9th – 11th April, UNFCCC held the international climate change talks in Bonn, following Copenhagen 2009. The talks were attended by more than 1700 delegates from 175 countries. Governments agreed to hold two additional meetings between the currently planned meetings (31 May – 11 June, Bonn and 29 November – 10 December, Cancun 2010).

- The European Parliament vote on the Report on the European Commission White Paper: “Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action’ (COM (2009)0147 - 2009/2152 (INI))”, originally scheduled for the 21st April has been postponed due to travel disruptions all over the EU this week. The vote will now take place in the next plenary session, the 4th or 5th May. We will keep you updated.

HEAL’s action of climate change and health

- HEAL and our member, Health Care Without Harm, will prepare letters to UNFCCC national contact points emphasizing the need to integrate the co-benefits to health into the UNFCCC official document. We will ask our members and partners to send similar letters with these recommendations. WE will keep you posted on this.

- HEAL in collaboration with 13 member and partner organisations, wrote a letter to MEPs prior to the now-postponed plenary vote on the European Parliament Report on the European Commission White Paper: “Adapting to climate change: Towards a European framework for action’ (COM (2009)0147 - 2009/2152 (INI)).” We called on MEPs to Strengthen health protection and include health co-benefits in adaptation policy. Read the letter here.

- HEAL in the Media:

The NHS evidence website posted our press release on the 40% target.Health groups call for 40 per cent target on carbon emissions, 5 February 2010

The Prescription was featured on various websites including The Equity Channel, connecting people for health; EU Highlights, January 2010, featured our 40% target, post-Copenhagen press release, as did Climate News, which also regularly reports updates to the Prescription signatories, now at 100 groups.

For a full overview of HEAL in the media please visit our media coverage page.

Your action

We will be asking members to support this effort by contacting your UNFCCC national focal point with some specific recommendations in April and May. More information will follow shortly.

More information and articles on climate change and health:

Policy

- Lessons from Gothenburg on setting air pollution ceilings

- Climate change and poisonous chemicals focus of new UN study

Research

- An Integrated Assessment of Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Energy Security Policy

- Australia: Climate Change Linked to Health Issues . The effects of climate change are causing health problems for people living in some South Pacific islands, a conference has heard.

Conference

Creating a Menu of Change: Healthy Food in Healthcare. CleanMed Climate and Health Literacy Pre-Conference Workshop on May 11 from 9am to noon. Tuesday, May 11, 2010



Written on 23 April 2010.