The Climate and Health Alliance and Doctors for the Environment, Australia have released a joint report: Investing in Health, on the case for health and medical professionals and health and medical organisations to divest from climate changing fossil fuel investments, and shift their financial resources to clean, healthy, low carbon investments. Investing in Health includes a foreword by Laureate Professor Nicholas J Talley, President Royal Australasian College of Physicians. The report is available here.
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 reveals there is serious adverse impacts to physical and psychological health associated with coal mining, transportation and production, and estimates there is millions of dollars in health damages associated with air pollution from coal sources in the Hunter and billions of dollars per annum associated with the social costs of carbon from Hunter Valley coal. To download the full Report, Recommendations for Action, Summary for Policymakers, Case Studies, Infographics and Videos - see http://caha.nationbuilder.com/projects/hunter-coal/ and www.coalandhealth.org
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
Health and Energy Choices: Joint Position Paper and Background Briefing Paper
All sources of energy to support human activity have implications for health. We, as a society, need to choose how we harvest energy so that we use the ones with the least overall adverse impacts on health. These papers on Health and Energy Choices seek to open this discussion for Australia, and begin a national conversation about making energy choices that benefit us now and into the future. This Position Paper outlines the concerns and recommendations for action to reduce risks to health from current energy choices. It has been produced by a collaboration of health sector organisations concerned that the health impacts Australia's energy choices are not being considered in public policy decision-making. An accompanying Background Briefing Paper provides an overview of evidence with regard to the risks to human health and wellbeing associated with fossil fuel energy resources as well as their alternatives. Download Papers as PDFs Health and Energy Choices: Position Paper (795 Kb) Health and Energy Choices: Background Briefing Paper (3.6 Mb)
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. The national forum brought together health and medical and climate researchers, public policy experts, academics, representatives from research institutions health professional groups,psychologists, community advocates, and students.
This briefing paper, produced for a 2013 Health and Energy Policy Roundtable, outlines the health implications associated with energy policy. These health implications are becoming increasingly recognised by health, energy, climate and environment stakeholders around the world. The health costs associated with fossil fuel energy production and consumption are significant. Current global and national energy policy privilege fossil fuels at the expense of safer, renewable, and more sustainable energy options. This paper has been produced to highlight the risks to policymakers, the media, the health and energy sectors, and the community more broadly, and to encourage health professionals and health organisations to advocate for the implications for health to be recognised and reflected in Australian and international energy policy decisions.
This report summarises the national Think Tank on sustainability in healthcare, jointly hosted by Climate and Health Alliance and Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. The Think Tank provided an opportunity to showcase some successful examples of sustainable healthcare initiatives from hospitals and health services across Australia - and through two international speakers, across the globe.
This report is jointly produced by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and The Climate Institute. This report draws together a large and growing body of evidence from health and medical research showing substantial health benefits linked to measures to cut emissions. It demonstrates that actions that cut carbon pollution can improve Australians' health and could save billions of dollars and thousands of lives each year. View the report launch here. Download the report here.
The report documents an initiative at the 2012 Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival, where a 'pop-up' Climate and Health Clinic, staffed with volunteer 'health promoters' offered people the opportunity to develop their own prescription' for health and climate, using a tool designed for the event. The Prescription for a Healthy Life and a Healthy Planet highlight some of the health and climate benefits of strategies to cut emissions and helped people identify actions they could take to cut emissions and improve their own and population health.