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Released: 13-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
New Scientific Study Confirms Health Concerns About Glyphosate-Based Herbicides
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides has been linked to endocrine and developmental effects by a new scientific pilot study.

Released: 13-Mar-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Global Goal to Minimize Negative Health Impacts of Chemicals Will Not Be Achieved by 2020, Says UN
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

More ambitious worldwide action is urgently needed to protect health and the environment against adverse impacts of chemicals. This is the conclusion of the second United Nations Global Chemicals Outlook, presented during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi this week.

Released: 4-Dec-2018 8:15 AM EST
Health groups call for greater EU leadership in tackling climate change
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

New research published in The Lancet medical journal today shows that emissions, climate change and rising temperatures are already exposing people everywhere to an unacceptably high health risk.

Released: 26-Sep-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Will Business Secrecy Keep Defeating the Public’s Right to Know on Food Safety?
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

In 2017, more than one million Europeans asked the European Commission to ban glyphosate and to ensure the publication of all industry-funded studies used to back up regulatory decisions on pesticides.

Released: 25-Jul-2018 10:10 AM EDT
Endocrine Disruptors – Put Exposure Reduction at the Centre of EU Action Now, Urge Health Groups
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

As the European Commission’s consultation on a roadmap for a framework on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) comes to a close, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) urges the European Commission to ensure that meaningful reduction of citizens’ exposure is at the core of its actions [1]

30-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Doctors and Patient Groups Launch Unmask My City Initiative to Clean Up Sofia’s Air
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

A coalition of nine doctor and health organisations has today joined the global Unmask My City initiative, calling for greater urgency in achieving clean air in Sofia. The Bulgarian capital is one of the most polluted cities in the whole European Union (EU).

Released: 30-May-2018 2:55 PM EDT
EU Commission Refers 6 Countries to EU Court for Failure to Keep EU Air Quality Standards
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

European Commissioner Vella has referred 6 out of 9 countries to the European Court of Justice for failure to keep EU air quality standards.

Released: 5-Mar-2018 12:05 AM EST
Swept Under the Rug: New Report Reveals Toxics in European Carpets Threatening Health, Environment and Circular Economy
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Toxic substances linked to a range of adverse health impacts can be present in carpets sold in the European Union (EU), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) warned today following a new study by Anthesis.

Released: 28-Feb-2018 8:00 AM EST
New Toolkit Puts Spotlight on Coal and Health in Three Turkish Cities
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Massive investments into new coal power generation are being planned in Turkey, worsening an already poor air quality situation and threatening people’s health.

Released: 18-Dec-2017 8:05 AM EST
Reducing Air Pollution From Coal Power Plants in the Western Balkans Would Save Thousands of Lives Annually
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Tomorrow, ministers at the 15th ministerial council meeting of the Energy Community in Kosovo will adopt new rules for emission limits for coal power plants in the Western Balkans (as part of the transposition of the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive into national law).

Released: 20-Oct-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Pollution Causes Nine Million Deaths Per Year Worldwide Reveals New and First of Its Kind Lancet Report
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Pollution in the air, water, soil and in the workplace is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths, according to a ground-breaking new report in the leading medical journal The Lancet.

Released: 2-Aug-2017 9:05 AM EDT
World Governments Make Citizens Pay Billions to Destroy Their Own Health
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched the report Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health providing the first-ever comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and the costs to health associated with air pollution from fossil fuels.

Released: 1-Aug-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Giant Weedkiller Bottle Torn Down as Europe Debates Future of Glyphosate
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Citizens toppled a giant glyphosate bottle at the Schuman roundabout outside the European Commission to symbolise the demand of over 1.3 million people across Europe calling for a ban of the controversial weedkiller.

Released: 24-May-2017 8:05 AM EDT
Book Review: “Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution Is Poisoning Our Brains” by Professor Barbara Demeneix
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

In her latest book, Professor Barbara Demeneix explains how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is resulting in reduced IQ levels in children and higher rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The author also explains the approaches needed to reduce exposure to today’s toxic cocktails. A book review by Diana Smith, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

Released: 15-Mar-2017 7:05 AM EDT
European Opinion on Glyphosate Greeted with Concern
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Health and cancer groups have reacted with disappointment to the opinion from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) today that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. They say it is seen as a setback for efforts to prevent cancer through reduction to exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Released: 13-Mar-2017 11:55 AM EDT
Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals can Adversely Affect Brain Development
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Results of tests provide evidence that exposure to a chemical mixture can disturb thyroid hormone signalling. The authors say that this adds weight to the suggestion that similar exposures can adversely affect brain development in unborn children.

Released: 3-Mar-2017 7:05 AM EST
Leading Non-Profit Health Insurer Alerts EU Health Ministers on EDCs
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) wrote to EU health ministers on Friday to urge them to take "proper action" on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

Released: 17-Feb-2017 9:05 AM EST
Chemicals Recognised as Human Endocrine Disruptors by EU
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

For the first, the EU has identified four chemical compounds as being of concern to human health because of their endocrine disrupting properties

Released: 8-Feb-2017 5:05 AM EST
European Citizens Launch Initiative to Ban Glyphosate
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

A European Citizens’ Initiative to ban glyphosate (Roundup weedkiller)has been launched in four cities today. One million signatures are needed to prompt a response from the European Commission.

Released: 9-Jan-2017 9:05 AM EST
Findings Showing Roundup Causes Disease Puts Glyphosate Back Under the Spotlight
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Cutting edge techniques show low-dose, long-term exposure to Roundup causes liver disease in rats

Released: 5-Jan-2017 9:05 AM EST
EU Agrees Dental Amalgam Ban in Children, Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

European civil society has endorsed this week’s provisional agreement by the three EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of the European Union) to ban dental amalgam fillings for children under 15 and for pregnant and breastfeeding women as of 1 July 2018.

Released: 14-Oct-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Do Breakfast Cereals Contain Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticides?
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The worrying results of Générations Futures' EXPPERT survey 7 on a breakfast food, muesli, show the ubiquity of cocktails of hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the everyday environment. The findings highlight the need for the EU Commission to revise its recently proposed criteria to identify EDCs so that they become effective in protecting health.

Released: 10-Oct-2016 6:00 PM EDT
Effective Emissions Limits in Europe Could Save Thousands of Lives Every Year
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Effective coal regulation could slash deaths from toxic fumes by 85%, saving 20,000 lives every year.

Released: 30-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Trade Ministers Discuss Halting or Reforming the US-EU Trade Talks
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The French Trade Minister Matthias Fekl and the Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner proposed halting the EU-US trade talks, known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP, during an informal meeting of trade ministers in Bratislava, Slovakia. Trade ministers also discussed the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada which has been urged to reject by many civil society groups.

Released: 28-Apr-2016 9:05 AM EDT
European Politicians Seek Rethink on Proposal to Relicense Glyphosate for 10 Years
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels concerned with cancer prevention want a delay on the European Commission's proposal to re-license glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp and other herbicides, for another 10 years.

Released: 21-Mar-2016 12:05 PM EDT
European Cancer Groups Urged to Take Action Against Glyphosate
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is calling on Europe’s most influential cancer societies to urge governments to put an immediate ban on glyphosate, a chemical used as a herbicide.

Released: 15-Mar-2016 8:05 AM EDT
$9.5 Billion in Yearly Health Costs From Coal Plants in Just Five European Countries
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

A new study quantifies the public health costs of polluted air from existing coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans at up to 8.5 EUR billion per year.

Released: 6-Feb-2015 4:00 AM EST
Environmental Policy to Prevent Cancer-Causing Pollutants
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Primary prevention of cancer - that is, stopping cancer before it starts - is possible through changes in environment policy, such as strengthening regulation on air quality and chemicals, including hormone disrupting chemicals. Malta chose to focus on this theme for World Cancer Day 2015. EU Environment Commissioner welcomed the initiative via a video message to the event.

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