“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
The report Climate and Health: The Research, Policy & Advocacy Agenda 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.
Health and Energy Policy is a briefing paper outlining 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
Greening the Healthcare Sector 2013 National Think Tank Report: this report summarises the latest 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, Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action, 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.