Welcome to the Climate and Health Alliance
Once an unquestioned source of economic prosperity, the damage caused by coal to people’s health, natural capital and the global climate has led to closer scrutiny of its impacts. The evidence suggests coal is becoming an unwelcome social and economic burden, and a risk to community wellbeing, the economy and a safe climate.
This new report, Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world, provides an insight into the evidence of the harm – local, national, and global – from coal production in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia.
The report looks at the literature on the adverse impacts on physical and psychological health associated with coal mining, transportation and production, as well as the contribution of climate change to health impacts and estimates the health costs associated with air pollution from coal sources in the some communities in the Hunter as well as the social costs of carbon associated with emissions produced from Hunter Valley coal.
Released Monday 23rd February 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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 Transformation’ was held at Mater Hospital, South Brisbane – 14th October 2014.
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.
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“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.
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.
For a copy of the film for a screening in your community or workplace, contact CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This Briefing Paper outlines the implications for health and well-being from Australian and global energy policy.
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.
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.
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.