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The 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge is underway! A new campaign to mobilise hospitals and health centres to commit to 2020 emissions reduction targets has kicked off globally.

For more information, including how to sign up your facility, follow this link.



Coal and Health in the Hunter: Lessons from One Valley for the World

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.

To download the full Report, Recommendations for Action, Summary for Policymakers, Case Studies, Infographics and Videos – see http://caha.org.au/projects/hunter-coal/

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.

A joint Position Paper on Health and Energy Choices provides 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.



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.

 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.

Video presentations from the day now available via our blog.


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.


Joint Statement on Coal and Health

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

Climate and Health: The Research, Policy & Advocacy Agenda

This report captures the discussion at CAHA’s national forum on 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 the 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.



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