Category : Blog

31 Oct 2018

People at the forefront of clean air

Sathya Sankaran Scientists recently released a report which says we have 12 years to prevent the worst effects of rising temperatures. On the ground, the problem is going in the other direction at a fair clip. Air quality has been deteriorating in India over the past few decades. With India still focussed on creating large-scale manufacturing jobs and relaxing environmental laws this is only slated to get worse. Beyond industrial causes, the contribution of the fossil fuel-based transportation system to […]

31 Oct 2018

Wheels of change: bicycles in the fight against air pollution in Brazil

JP Amaral, 24/10/2018, São Paulo   As government Ministers, city mayors and civil society from all over the globe head for the World Health Organisation’s first ever international conference on air pollution and health at the end of this month (30 October to 1 November), one must wonder how big a problem the quality of the air we breathe has become. I used to believe poor air quality was a major barrier to cycling in our urban centers and couldn’t […]

12 Sep 2018

Collaborating on health & climate solutions at the Global Climate Action Summit

by Marcia Walker I’ve just arrived at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in California to represent the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA)  – an organisation which has a 10-year history of building broad climate movements and supporting diverse voices and networks to take action on climate change. For most seasoned climate campaigners this summit is the first of its kind in raising the level of climate ambition following commitments made at the historic Paris Agreement. It is a moment […]

04 Jun 2018

Cycling growing in popularity in brazilian megacity São Paulo:

Bike To Work Day attracts public and companies as awareness of cycling benefits grows It’s no coincidence São Paulo was the city in which Zoom, described as “Uber for helicopters”, made its worldwide debut late last year. The biggest city in South America (population: 21.2 million) is infamous for its traffic; a recent study found that Paulistanos spent 86 hours on average in 2017 stuck in traffic (or 22 per cent of total drive time), putting it in the top […]

31 May 2018

Doctors and patient groups launch Unmask My City initiative to clean up Sofia’s air

Brussels/Sofia, 31 May 2018 – 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). Air quality is not only poor in Bulgaria’s capital – air pollution leads to significant health impacts all over the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Bulgaria has the third […]

01 May 2018

The Best Prescription on World Asthma Day? Cleaning up Our Air

by Jeni Miller The evidence about the health impacts of air pollution just keeps growing. New studies increasingly show that exposure to even low levels of air pollution – if sustained over the long term – are associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and cancer, and may have a role in diabetes and neurological disease, and that early life exposures can have lifelong impacts. Today is World Asthma Day. We’ve long known that bad air days can be a misery […]

13 Apr 2018

Bike to Work Campaign: pushing for active mobility, clean air and a healthier São Paulo

A recent study by pathologist Paulo Saldiva revealed that “the city of São Paulo is obese and suffers from chronic bronchitis”

26 Feb 2018

UNMASK MY CITY: health professionals call for improvement of the air quality in Tuzla and Lukavac

Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina; February 26, 2018 – Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is calling city authorities to clean the air in Bosnia and Herzegovina . Doctors, allied healthcare professionals, and public health practitioners in Tuzla are officially launching Unmask My City, to rally their peers and push for action on air pollution in their region. The Tuzla thermal coal plant in Bosnia is one of the ten largest polluters in Europe, emitting 51,644 tons of sulphur dioxide (SO2) per […]