Welcome to November’s newsletter.

As we move towards the end of 2018, we can be proud of the impact we have had on the news agenda over the past few months, and the impact the Alliance is having on raising the volume of the conversation around health and climate change.

Our all-member report on air pollution was  covered by the Guardian, the Times and numerous other news outlets, despite the WHO also announcing air pollution to be the ‘new tobacco’, continuing Brexit negotiations and the first Monday budget since 1962.

BMJ Editor in Chief, Fiona Godlee, hosted a live webinar from the WHO conference for our partner organisation the Global Climate and Health Alliance, and UKHACC Director, Laurie Laybourn-Langton became the champion of living walls for Sky News.

Later this month we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act, which coincides with the launch of this year’s Lancet Countdown report. Expect some dialogue from us, as we add our combined expert voice to the discourse.

Keep checking our website and Twitter for updates, and please do continue to support us with likes and re-tweets.

Dr Claire McLoughlin, Communications Manager, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change


UK Health Alliance on Climate Change launches all-member air pollution report

Health bodies called for the biggest changes to air quality legislation in over 60 years, in a new all-member UKHACC report launched in October.

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First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health held

The First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health took place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 October to 1 November, and set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030.

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CCC advises fundamental agriculture reforms needed for UK to reach carbon net-zero in two new reports

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has  has published two linked reports and urged ministers to implement policies that will fundamentally reform the way in which the UK’s land is used, in order to create carbon sinks and accelerate progress towards carbon net-zero.   Read more

BBC promises greener broadcasting with new sustainability strategy

The BBC has unveiled a new sustainability strategy, which sets out commitments to source 100% renewable energy, achieve zero waste to landfill.

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Live webinar attracts participants from around the globe

BMJ Editor in Chief, Dr Fiona Godlee hosted a live webinar from Geneva on Wednesday 31 October. In support of the UnMask My City campaign, led in the UK by UKHACC. Special guests included Dr Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organisation and Dr Arvind Kumar, Lung Care Foundation Founder and Trustee.

Watch here

Standing room only at UKHACC all-member air pollution report launch

Guests at the October 29 launch of the new UKHACC report packed into the colourful surroundings of Great Ormond Street’s Lagoon café to hear opinions and lively debate involving panelists Baroness Bryony Worthington, BMJ Editor in Chief Fiona Godlee and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Dr Lisa Page.

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Blog: Greener Hospitals, Healthier Communities This month, UKHACC Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Antonia Jennings, reflects on the messages and recommendations from our recently published paper Greener Hospitals, Healthier Communities. Read more


Campaign Against Climate Change rally and march, London 1st Dec

Join Campaign against Climate Change for a rally and March on 1st December. Assemble from 12 noon near the Polish Embassy on Portland Place. 12.30 -13.30 – rally with speeches 13.30 – march to Downing Street 15.30 – closing speeches

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Building health into the urban environment: evidence and opportunities

This event at the Royal Society of Medicine on Thurs 13 Dec 2018 provides an opportunity to review some of the evidence that links health and the built environment. It will cover the economic burden that ill health attributable to the environment poses for our society, and the degree to which factors linked to health can be incorporated into the planning and development process for urban spaces.  More here

2018 Global Climate and Health Summit

On 8th December, 2018 the World Health Organisation, together with the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the European Committee of the Regions, and the Pro Silesia Association, will host a half-day Summit on climate change and health, alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Katowice. The annual Health Summit serves as a key anchoring event for advancing health-focused action, engagement and collaboration to address climate change. More here

This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine

This exhibition is running until 18 January 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians. Visitors will learn about individual women doctors and the attitudes towards them over the 500 years of the RCP’s existence. It features RCP president Professor Dame Jane Dacre’s newly-commissioned portrait alongside Elizabeth Garrett’s qualifying certificate, and 17th century handwritten recipe books next to 20th century oral histories.  More here

Registration now open for BMA public health medicine  conference 2019

The BMA’s 2019 public health medicine conference will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at BMA House, London. It is the BMA’s policy forum for public health doctors. This year’s theme is resilience of public health systems and people. Non-BMA members are welcome to attend.  More here


International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, October 2018: Interventions targeting conscious determinants of human behaviour to reduce the demand for meat: a systematic review with qualitative comparative analysis  

This open access paper evaluates the effectiveness of interventions targeting conscious determinants of human behaviour to reduce the demand for meat.

The Lancet, Planetary health, October 2018: New Initiative aims at expanding Global Burden of Disease estimates for pollution and climate

This article describes a new Initiative – the Global Burden of Disease (GBD)-Pollution and Health Initiative – aims to increase knowledge on the contributions of pollution and climate to the GBD study.

The Lancet Planetary Health, October 2018: Climate change, famine, and low-income communities challenge Sustainable Development Goals

This comment piece describes how climate change has not affected the world equally, and how people of lower socioeconomic status and some communities have experienced more negative effects than others.

BMJ October, 2018: UK campaigners call for legislative shake up to tackle “dirty air crisis”

This BMJ online article reports on the launch of the UKHACC all-member report on air pollution, Moving beyond the air quality crisis, with comment from UKHACC Director, Laurie Laybourn-Langton.

BMJ November, 2018: Toxic air—the risk factor we’re forgetting to ask about (and failing to fix)?

This comment by Rob Hughes describes the importance tackling air pollution in the promotion and protection of the public’s health.

BMJ October 2018:  Global warming must stay below 1.5°C

This motivating letter to the BMJ from Dr Dr James Szymankiewicz, Dr Niall Macleod and Dr Simon Jones describes our current climate change trajectory, and the role of doctors in helping to respond to this.

Visit our Resource Library for more resources on health and climate change.


Carbon Trust Standard certification awarded to RCP

The RCP has become the first royal college to receive the Carbon Trust Standard certification, in recognition of its commitment to sustainable working. The certification follows a reduction of 30% in the RCP’s total carbon footprint over the past 3 years. The RCP has also switched electricity provision entirely to 100% renewable energy and uses environmentally responsible suppliers and service partners. Read more

New RCP report recommends bespoke outpatient care approach  

A new approach to outpatient care is needed if it is to meet growing demand and reduce disruption to patients’ lives, according to a new report from the Royal College of Physicians co-authored by Dr Toby Hillman, clinical lead for the RCP Sustainability Programme.  Read more

UnMask My City goes viral at WHO conference

Global Health and Climate Alliance campaign, UnMask My City, was at the WHO Conference on Air Pollution, where it held a world-wide social media campaign. The campaign involved measuring local ambient air pollution levels and posting results on Twitter. Read more about UnMask My City

FSRH appoints Dr Helen Munro as Vice President for Membership

Dr Helen Munro has been appointed Vice President for Membership at the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH). Helen is a Consultant in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board, South West Wales.

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