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Webinar series: Climate Risk Governance for Health Sector Boards

CAHA is pleased to be hosting a Webinar series with leading climate risk specialists Sarah Barker and Charlotte Turner from law firm Minter Ellison on Climate risk and governance as it relates to the strategy and oversight obligations of health sector boards
There are two Webinars in the series being held in November:
  1. Managing upwards – what matters to your board on climate change risk? (This session took place on Wednesday 4th November)
  2. Fiduciary duties in a changing climate – climate change risk governance obligations for health sector directors (***Limited registrations available)
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Health groups call for net-zero target in Australia’s health system following UK NHS net-zero announcement

Following the announcement overnight that England’s National Health Service (NHS), the world’s largest health system, has committed to a net-zero direct emissions target by 2040, Australian health groups are calling for a net-zero target for healthcare in Australia.

The NHS announcement includes an ambition to reduce emissions by 80% by 2028 to 2032 on a 1990 baseline, and a 2045 net-zero target for their indirect emissions and for those they can influence in their supply chain (with an ambition to reduce those emissions by 80%, by 2036).

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Health groups call for climate to be recognised in National Preventive Health Strategy

Over 30 health groups associated with the Climate and Health Alliance have issued a Joint Statement calling on the federal Health Minister to recognise climate change in the National Preventive Health Strategy, currently in development.

The Joint Statement, signed by the Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and Australian Association of Social Workers states, "A National Preventive Health Strategy that is fit for purpose in the 21st century must address climate change -- or it will fail in its objectives."

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September Update: What have we been up to?

The Climate and Health Alliance has had a busy couple of months! Our growing team worked on the Northern Territory Election, and ran a series of events which will inform our strategy moving forward.

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Health groups: Senate must block government environment law changes to protect health

Leading health organisations are calling on the Senate to block the Coalition government’s amendments to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in order to protect the health of the community, following the government gagging debate yesterday to rush the amendments through the House of Representatives.

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Health groups critical of rushed environment laws

Leading health organisations are deeply concerned about an attempt from the Federal Government to rush through major changes to our environmental laws in order to facilitate an expansion of the gas industry.

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Global health network calls for ‘health in all policies’ approach beyond COVID-19

A global network of health organisations working across 11 countries and spanning five continents has today issued a powerful statement calling for a “health in all policies” and “systems change” approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eden-Monaro: Liberal candidate climate bushfire claims wrong and seem self-serving

Climate and Health Alliance expert adviser Dr Liz Hanna has dismissed the Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs's claims that governments cannot address heat as a cause of bushfires as wrong and potentially self-serving. Ms Kotvojs's claims were made in a submission to the Bushfire Royal Commission.

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Fiona on COVID-19 & climate on ABC TV Weekend Breakfast

“If we are destroying the natural environment, we’re destroying the foundations for human health and well-being.” Our Executive Director Fiona Armstrong spoke about the connections between COVID-19 and the climate and environmental crises with ABC TV Weekend Breakfast over the weekend.

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Second hottest summer on record evidence of climate health emergency

The release of the Bureau of Meteorology's Australia in summer 2019–20 report confirming that last summer was the second hottest on record is growing evidence of the health emergency of climate change, Climate and Health Alliance Executive Director Fiona Armstrong said.

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Messages from Antarctica: Dr Ying Zhang

CAHA board member A/Prof Ying Zhang has returned from the largest-ever female expedition to Antarctica, as a Homeward Bound Fellow. Here are the messages from the Antarctic.

 

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Lancet Countdown Policy Brief points to CAHA's National Strategy

The most recent Lancet Countdown policy brief for Australia has pointed to CAHA's Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being as a key recommendation for Australian policymakers to adopt in order to respond to climate change and its impact on health.

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Ongoing hazardous air pollution exposes need for whole of govt response to protect health

People continuing to work, exercise and move around outdoors without appropriate protection during 'hazardous' levels of air pollution from bushfire smoke exposes the need for governments to do more to protect people's health, the Climate and Health Alliance has said today.

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Bushfire smoke factsheet - CAR

As bushfires continue, the exposure of communities to smoke has become unprecedented. This evidence-based factsheet developed by the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health research outlines what the health impacts are to bushfire smoke, which groups are most vulnerable, what we can do to minimise exposure and why climate change is needed now.

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Government response to devastating bushfires must include urgent and real action on climate change

With communities across Australia continuing to reel from ongoing catastrophic bushfires and deadly heatwaves, the Climate and Health Alliance today has called on the Federal and State governments to work together to act on climate change in order to help protect people’s health.

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Joint Statement: air pollution in NSW is a public health emergency.

28 health and medical groups have released a joint statement calling on the Federal and NSW governments to respond to the public health emergency in NSW created by the ongoing air pollution from bushfire smoke.

NSW air pollution is a public health emergency

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Eco-Anxiety: Ingrid Johnston

One of the most interesting and practical take-aways from COP25 has been the issue of eco-anxiety. It’s a term I had heard before, but frankly had dismissed as being a bit fringe and unnecessary. Having spent a week at COP, I have completely changed my mind. 

 

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Update from #COP25: Ingrid Johnston

It's been a huge day here at COP25. This morning, there was a session with Greta, which culminated in a surprise occupation of the stage by the Fridays For Futures young people. It was peaceful and inspiring as they sang and chanted. Security descended quickly, and tried in vein to convince them to just leave straight away. They then tried to convince the audience to leave but that didn't work either. 

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Sydney air pollution calls for people to protect their health & politicians to act on climate: Climate and Health Alliance

With 'hazardous' air pollution from bushfire smoke blanketing Sydney, Executive Director of the Climate and Health Alliance Fiona Armstrong today called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to act swiftly to reduce emissions to help protect our climate and our health.

View from a Sydney office on Tues 10 Dec 2019

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First impressions of #COP25: Ingrid Johnston

This is my first COP, and I have been very excited to be coming- it's such a privilege to be here. Hoping to feel uplifted by hearing about all the great actions being taken around the world to address climate change. Hoping that by leaving Australia, I would be able to feel that, and hear these things. Hoping that there would be an energy and buzz from being surrounded by like minded people wanting action, and making it happen.

 

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