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National Pollutant Inventory data released

  New data highlights health and climate concerns as a result of toxic pollutants from gas and coal industries. CAHA Executive Director Fiona Armstrong comments on the data released by the National Pollutant Inventory in an article by Thom Mitchell for New Matilda: "What this data shows is that toxic pollutants that harm health are on the rise from both...
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The historic Paris Agreement: 2015

Please see here for the historic Paris Agreement which recognises the first time the desirability of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees. Below a comment provided to media on behalf of CAHA and further below some comments from civil society leaders from The Guardian, and others from the Australian civil society COP network. (Thanks to James Lorenz, Prue Pickering and Sam...
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres calls for transformation of world economy

  CAHA Vice President Dr Peter Sainsbury is in Paris attending many of the side events accompanying the UNFCCC COP21 global climate change talks. He shares some reflections here on the process, stimulated by a presentation by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figures to one of these side events. "At the beginning of the second week of the COP21 negotiations in...
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CAHA at the Climate and Healthcare Conference, Paris, 4th December 2015

Fiona Armstrong from the Climate and Health Alliance was a speaker at the Climate and Healthcare Conference, held during COP21, at Georges Pompidou Hospital, Paris, on 4 December 2015. The Conference was organised and hosted by Health Care Without Harm, the French Hospital Federation (FHF) and the French Federation of Private Non-profit Hospitals (FEHAP). Supporting Organization: Paris Hospital Associtaion (APHP)....
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The health implications of energy choices in Australia

CAHA Executive Director Fiona Armstrong was invited to speak at this high level health event held in Paris during COP21 - 'Health Professionals in Action on Healthy Energy and Climate' organised by Health and Environment Alliance Europe (HEAL) held at Conseil National de l'Ordre de Medecins (CNOM) on 4th December 2015. A transcript of her presentation appears below: Quote: "The...
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The world in which I want to grow old is within reach: Grace Fitzgerald at the Melbourne Peoples Climate March

  Grace Fitzgerald gave this incredible speech at the Melbourne People's Climate March: "Two weeks ago, meteorologists announced that in 2015, global warming would for the first time pass one degree above pre-industrial levels. For a young person who has grown up in the knowledge that my future is inextricable from the climate around me, that landmark is terrifying. From...
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Our Climate is Our Health Seminar

                    On the 19th of November, 2015 the 'Our Climate is Our Health' seminar in Melbourne brought together CAHA members and broader healthcare sector stakeholders to learn from one another on advocating for action on climate change, to strengthen relationships and build understanding between health and environment groups, and to work...
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Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank Report

Report from Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals (AHHA) Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank. The fourth annual Greening the Healthcare Sector Think Tank was held on 20th November 2015 at Western Health in Footscray, Melbourne. Western Health is the home of Sustainability Officer Cath O'Shea and Dr Forbes McGain who have contributed to the health...
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An overwhelming case for people to take to the streets for the sake of CLIMATE HEALTH

Editor: Melissa Sweet Author: Grace FitzGerald (republished from Croakey Health Blog)                       It's not yet summer, and soaring temperatures and bushfires, in Australia and elsewhere, are focussing attention on the health threats of climate change. Ahead of the United Nations climate conference (COP21) in Paris, the World Health Organization (WHO)...
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Publications in 2014

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...
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