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Our own homes are making us sick: Energy efficiency is part of the cure
Editorial: EFA President, Mikaela Odemyr. Published on Euractiv. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, the quality of our homes, schools and workplaces is a critical public health issue. Grow ...

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Air pollution is everywhere, but in what form? – ERS Masterclass
Whilst the air we breathe has immediate effects on our health, the quality and control of the air depend on many factors, sometimes unknown to patients because too technical. We thank in advance the E ...

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Build Up Webinar: Health performance of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
EFA continue to raise awareness on indoor air pollution and the need to improve Indoor Air quality (IAQ). This time, EFA's Roberta Savli explained ‘The importance of good IAQ and ventilation’ at the B ...

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Irish patients will not breathe smoky coal anymore
On the 5th December, the Irish National Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, announced a full Smoky Coal Ban for Ireland. Bituminous, or smoky, coal creates d ...

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EFA calls for the right to good indoor air quality at REHVA conference
EFA Director of Strategy and Policy Roberta Savli participated on the 14th November at the “Delivering healthy & energy efficient building with Energy performance on Buildings Directive (EPBD)” su ...

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Europe beyond coal campaign at COP 23
According to a new health impact modelling, in 2015 the EU’s coal fleet alone was responsible for an estimated 19,500 premature death, 10,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults and 458,000 asthma a ...

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Indoor Air Quality vaguely covered in the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive
The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE  ...

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Timid health activities planned for 2018 by the European Commission
The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c ...

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Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe – New Lancet’s report
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  ...

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400,000 Europeans die due to air pollution annually
Air pollution continues to cause the premature death of more than 400,000 Europeans annually. This is one of the conclusion shown on the new Air quality in Europe 2017 launched by the European Environ ...

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Our recommendations to improve air quality in urban areas
Air quality is one of the priorities included in the European Union’s plan to develop European urban areas. This plan called Urban Agenda and composed by 12 priority themes essential to the developmen ...

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Environmental health community views to improve indoor air quality
EFA had the chance to touch base with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) membership who gathered in October 20-21 for HEAL’s Annual General Assembly. EFA Isabel Proaño and Roberta Savli repr ...

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Ireland proposes healthier homes for chronic respiratory patients
The Irish Government has adopted ‘The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme’ a plan to renovate the homes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with free energy efficiency upgrades to make them warme ...

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EFA stresses the need to reduce indoor air pollution at EUREKA conference
EFA participated on 15 September at the EUREKA Roadshow in Italy, as civil society representative. The conference, organised by European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) and the European Partne ...

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New findings confirm reducing environmental risk factors could reduce Chronic Respiratory Disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new report that demonstrates that addressing environmental risks is essential to reduce and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD). Among them, chro ...

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Bulgarian patients organise a concert to inform about of air pollution
EFA member, the Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA), organised on 2nd September an acoustic concert in the cave "God's eyes" under the title "Better air for better ...

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Fossil fuel subsidies cost around €330 billion annually on airways diseases
A new report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, shows that  every  year, air pollution from mostly fossil fuel combustion cuts short the lives of an e ...

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EFA takes a stand on the Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality legislation
EFA has responded to the European Comission procedure to assess the added value of the aimbient air quality directive. This novel process, called REFIT, allows to check the relevance of a given p ...

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Air pollution is the first environmental health priority in Europe
European Member States have adopted a Declaration of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health that sets priorities and actions for implementation after 2017. EFA brought the patients ...

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Putting Air Quality at the core of the EU Urban Agenda
EFA and Allergy UK attended the First Stakeholder Workshop of the Urban Partnership for Air Quality , that took place at London’s City Hall 13 June. The Urban partnership for Air Quality is one of t ...

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