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LATEST NEWS

Climate disruption is underway: Australia’s obstruction on policy putting lives at risk

The WMO series of “weather reports from the future” point to catastrophic weather events in 2050, however the Climate and Health Alliance says these events are occurring already in Australia and around the world and the community and governments must prepare for their impacts and take steps to reduce the risks.

Health leaders call for concerted action on climate change at Climate & Health Summit

The Global Climate and Health Summit in Lima in December 2014 convened many of the major health organisations leading action on climate change. It explored the health impacts of our changing weather and rising seas, and how governments can simultaneously cut emissions and enable healthier lives for their citizens. Titled, ‘Investing in Health’, the Summit focused not only on these threats but also on the need for a dramatic scale-up of investment in projects which reduce emissions, benefit health and improve climate resilience.

Leading health bodies declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

Prominent health organisations from across Australia are calling for a phase out of coal citing a growing and significant body of research documenting severe health effects.

The health groups include: the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), National Toxics Network (NTN), Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA), Women’s Health East (WHE) and CAHA.

They have produced a series of recommendations for governments, industry, the health sector and the community – spelling out the steps that must be taken to minimise threats to health from current energy choices.

Download the Health and Energy Choices Position Paper and Background Papers here.

 

RECENT EVENTS

Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank 2014

Hosted by Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) in partnership with Global Green and Healthy Hospitals.

The Health Sector as a Leader in Low Carbon Transformationwas held at Mater Hospital, South Brisbane – 14th October 2014.

Check out this Storify report from AHHA here.
Download the full report or read our blog.
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CAHA Public Seminar: Protecting Health from Climate Change

25th November 2014 | University of NSW, Sydney

This public seminar revealed the extent to which the health of local and global communities is increasingly threatened by climate change. It featured expert speakers on climate and health, policy shortfalls, technological and political solutions and the role of divestment in limiting national and global emissions.

Download program here.

Watch presentations here: 

Prof Melissa Haswell: Re-aligning our relationship with the environment in policy and decision making 

- Prof Lesley Hughes: Climate change and human health

- Prof Mark Diesendorf: Replacing fossil fuels with renewables- what’s possible? 

More to come! 

RECENTLY RELEASED

Joint Statement on Coal and Health

The Climate and Health Alliance and the Climate Council have released a Joint Statement on Coal and Health in response to the Inquiry report from Hazelwood coal mine fire in Victoria, saying:

“Australia’s heavy reliance on coal for electricity generation and massive coal industry expansion present significant risks to the health of communities, families and individuals.”

The Joint Statement calls for: health risks to be considered in all energy policy and investment decisions;  independent air, water and soil quality monitoring at and around every coal mine and power station in Australia; and funding for research into health, social and environmental impacts of coal.

The Joint Statement is accompanied by a Briefing Paper on Coal and Health which outlines the scientific health and medical literature on the impacts on health from the production of coal.

NOW SCREENING

The Human Cost of Power

A new short film,’The Human Cost of Power’,  has been released by the Climate and Health Alliance and Public Health Association of Australia.

The film explores the health and climate impacts associated with the massive expansion of coal and unconventional gas in Australia.

Click here to see the film on YouTube.  

For a copy of the film for a screening in your community or workplace, contact CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong convenor@caha.org.au.

RECENT REPORTS 

Climate and Health: The Research, Policy & Advocacy Agenda

This report was produced following CAHA’s 2013 national forum to discuss the research, policy and advocacy agenda necessary to protect health from climate change in Australia, and around the world.

Health Implications of Energy Policy

This Briefing Paper outlines the implications for health and well-being from Australian and global energy policy.

Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action

This joint report from thee Climate and Health Alliance and The Climate Institute  outlines the evidence on the benefits for health from the implementation of strategies to cut greenhouse gas emission.

Greening the Healthcare Sector 2013 Think Tank Report 

This report summarises the latest national Think Tank on sustainability in healthcare,  jointly hosted by Climate and Health Alliance and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.

RESOURCES

New Tool for Sustainable Healthcare

Are you part of the Global Green and Health Hospitals Network?

This new tool is available FREE for hospitals and healthcare settings globally.

GGHH has been developed by the Climate and Health Alliance’s  international partner, Health Care Without Harm. 

This network is built around a framework known as the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda, a new tool for health care settings around the world to reduce the environmental footprint of the health sector to improve public environmental health and save money.

For more information, see www.greenhospitals.net or contact CAHA at info@caha.org.au