Air Pollution: A Silent Health Threat We Can't Ignore
This podcast is released on 15th February 2024 in memory of the life of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah and as a testament to the work of her family in bringing this important issue to the forefront of our knowledge.
COP28 Open Letter on fossil fuels from the Global Medical and Health Community
This year, world leaders gathering in the UAE to take stock of their climate commitments will for the first time engage in official programming focused on health. We, the signatories of this letter, support your leadership in bringing health front and center at COP28.
Green Surgery Reducing the environmental impact of surgical care
The Green Surgery Report is a landmark report that presents the first detailed account of how to reduce the environmental impact of surgical care while maintaining high quality patient care and potentially saving the NHS money.
Net Zero Mental Health Care guidance and education
The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) and the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) have developed a report and educational resources on delivering greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care.
Air pollution raises risk of type 2 diabetes, says landmark Indian study Seven-year study of 12,000 residents of Delhi and Chennai finds link between PM2.5 particles and increased blood sugar levels
Inhaling polluted air increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, the first study of its kind in India has found. Research conducted in Delhi and the southern city of Chennai found that inhaling air with high amounts of PM2.5 particles led to high blood sugar levels and increased type 2 diabetes incidence.
RCPCH campaign to Shift the Dial on Climate Change and Child Health Inequalities
It’s time to Shift the Dial on child health and new work from RCPCH aims to raise awareness about the unequal impacts of climate change on child health. RCPCH calls on UK Government to prioritise children’s health in climate change policy development, as well as providing tools aiming to upskill paediatricians.
Barcelona showcasing Air Quality research and action
To prepare for the Catalonia ride we are lucky to present a collection of resources curated by Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Research Professor, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and Head of the Air pollution and Urban Environment Programme.
Air pollution and health: an introduction for health workers. OpenWHO
The target audience for this course is health workers which includes care-givers such as medical doctors, nurses, midwives, community health workers, and future health care professionals, as well as public health professionals and other representatives of the ministries of health.
Climate change and respiratory disease: clinical guidance for healthcare professionals
Climate change is a major threat to lung patients due to increasing temperatures, more extreme weather, poorer air quality, and altered allergen and microbial exposure. Respiratory clinicians must be educated to mitigate this burden to their patients.
Our ability to get around – safely and without barriers – is fundamental to our quality of life, wellbeing and participation in society. Transport connects us to everything: our communities, workplaces, friends and family, education, healthcare and all the essential services we need.
Associations between air pollution and mental health service use in dementia: a retrospective cohort study
Conclusions Residential air pollution exposure is associated with increased CMHT usage among people with dementia.
Clinical implications Efforts to reduce pollutant exposures in urban settings might reduce the use of mental health services in people with dementia, freeing up resources in already considerably stretched psychiatric services.
Association between particulate matter (PM)2·5 air pollution and clinical antibiotic resistance: a global analysis - The Lancet Planetary Health
This analysis is the first to describe the association between PM2·5 and clinical antibiotic resistance globally. Results provide new pathways for antibiotic-resistance control from an environmental perspective.
The rows over ‘anti-motorist’ Ulez and LTNs lose sight of the truth: they save lives.
These are the kinds of debates we should be having: about what kind of cities we want to live in. Instead, politicians are taking aim at Ulez and LTNs – terms that will be meaningless to many – to stoke up political support.
Exposure to ambient air pollutants and acute respiratory distress syndrome risk in sepsis
Air pollution exposure has long been linked to acute and chronic respiratory disease. We identified associations between PM2.5 with ARDS risk in sepsis, suggesting that short- and long- term exposures to ambient air pollutants are potentially modifiable environmental risk factors with implication for public health and environmental justice
This sound artwork by Nigel & Louise brings together the voices of children and young people and clinicians, who share their ideas on how to respond to the current ecological situation and why it is important to them.
Institute of Health Visiting; Ride For Their Lives podcast and Clean Air Day
In the podcast, Heather and Mark talk about how they got involved, what we can all do to help combat air pollution, the joy of cycling and that electric bicycles are just as good for you as a conventional bike.
Hay fever may get worse due to climate change, says Met Office
Prof Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the University of Manchester said: “Pollution can damage the protective barriers in our nose and respiratory tracts so we’re more likely to get things in, we’re seeing that pollution can have an effect on immune sensing … and it can narrow airways and make it difficult to breathe.
These findings collectively support a tumour-promoting role for PM2.5 air pollutants and provide impetus for public health policy initiatives to address air pollution to reduce disease burden.
Nature volume 616, pages159–167 (2023)
Taking air pollution data to the next level – displaying in the patient chart and empowering action
Poster Presentation at RCPCH Conference Glasgow May 2023;
There is a significant knowledge gap regarding air
pollution and its impacts at our hospital. We present a
novel and easily replicable intervention that displays
useful patient specific data and resources at the point
of need to clinicians.
Here we express them in terms of numbers of people left outside the ‘human climate niche’—defined as the historically highly conserved distribution of relative human population density with respect to mean annual temperature. We show that climate change has already put ~9% of people (>600 million) outside this niche.
Transport systems need to be made safe, healthy and sustainable
In the context of the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week (15-21 May 2023), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments to increase investments in walking, cycling and public transport, those modes of transport which are inherently healthy and sustainable
Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health and children are especially vulnerable
Air pollution is an emerging global emergency that threatens the health and productivity of people across the planet. It unfairly impacts those that have
contributed the least to this crisis—particularly children. We must act proactively and collaboratively to tackle this.
London Cycling Campaign Climate Safe Streets One Year On, One Year To Go report
For each of London’s 32 boroughs (we’ve left out the City*), LCC tracked
progress not only on delivery of schemes and activities over the last year
that we asked councils and the Mayor to deliver via our Climate Safe Streets
campaigns, we have also tracked each council’s progress on reducing the mode
share of private motor traffic.
RFTL members supporting structural changes to improve air quality in the North of England.
RFTL members "have penned an open letter to local election candidates saying they are “seriously concerned” about the local opposition to the LTN scheme – and calling for the scheme to be continued in the name of cutting air pollution and the health problems it causes."
Ease of travel on public transport with a fully assembled bike by country.
We are collating resources and personal experience of the ease of taking your fully assembled bike on trains, boats and coaches and would love to include your input. Not aeroplanes obviously. Cycling there and back is obviously the best in many ways including mental health.
Hourly air pollution exposure and the onset of symptomatic arrhythmia: an individual-level case–crossover study in 322 Chinese cities
Another article linking arrythmias with acute rises in ambient air pollution this time using a nationwide, time-stratified, case–crossover study in China between 2015 and 2021. Adds to the evidence in young adults using a personal PM2.5 monitor with a Holter ECG.
In this episode listen to Caroline Dalton, a pharmacist at Great Ormond Street, and one of GOSH's 'Green Champions'. She is talking about the reasons why she became a Green Champion, as well as some of the inspiring sustainability projects she has completed in her department.
Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health
The Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH; “the Alliance”) works to realize the ambition set at COP26 to build climate resilient and sustainable health systems, using the collective power of WHO Member States (“Member States”) and other stakeholders to drive this agenda forward at pace and scale.
Climate change - what can child health professionals do and how is it relevant to the healthcare setting?
As this year’s RCPCH Conference gets ever closer, keynote speaker Dr Maria Neira, Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization, gives us a preview of what she will be taking to the main stage to discuss.
Italian Paediatricians collect 14,000 signatures asking Mayors to address air pollution.
In Italy, the Cultural Association of Paediatricians (ACP) has involved other groups of paediatricians and has collected 14,000 signatures on a letter asking the mayors of all Italian cities to intervene with measures aimed at decreasing motor traffic and sustainable mobility.
Doctors need to speak up in support of cleaner air in London and other cities
Doctors and health workers need to speak up for health in what has become an intense battle, and you should support the Ride for Their Lives around the perimeter of the ULEZ on 13-15 May.4 The ride will be led by Mark Hayden, an intensive care doctor from Great Ormond Street who has seen children dying from the effects of air pollution.
UK farming causes over a quarter of cities’ PM2.5 particle pollution
This study reveals that farming is responsible for more than a quarter of the particle pollution in UK cities.
UK agriculture created 38% of the particle pollution in 2019, according to the study. In each case the contribution from rural agriculture was greater than all of the sources within the cities themselves.
The ICS Clean Air Framework is a free tool enabling ICS leaders to take action to secure cleaner air and a healthier future for their region. The Framework can be used to develop a stand-alone Clean Air Action Plan, or to integrate and prioritise clean air actions in a Green Plan.
'Goshpods goes Green!' is a weekly podcast starting in Feb 2023, focusing on the important issue of sustainability in health care, how healthcare practices are contributing to this emergency, and discuss the small steps that all healthcare professionals can take on the road to instigating bigger changes within the NHS.
Ella Kissi-Debrah is thought to be the first person in the world to have air pollution listed as a cause of death. Ten years on we follow her family’s fight for clean air for all. Find out about Ella's Law and watch a BBC film.
UK Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2022 Air pollution
This report is about air pollution and its solutions in England, but it is also an international
problem. There is a lot we can learn from best international practice. Many air pollutants travel
long distances, so emissions and air quality in continental Europe affect the UK and vice versa.
Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill an opportunity to protect health and reduce the strain on the health service
The Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill is a
Private Members’ Bill started in the House of Lords, where it passed through with cross-party
support. This briefing note has been produced ahead of the second reading of the Bill in the House
of Commons in February 2023.
Inner London Ultra Low Emission Zone Expansion One Year Report
In this one year report, we evaluate the impacts of the ULEZ and the LEZ schemes, focusing on one year following the ULEZ expansion to inner London and for the LEZ, over a year and a half on from the enforcement of tighter LEZ standards.
ClimaHealth : Global Knowledge for Climate and Public Health
Informing action to protect populations from the health risks of climate change. A comprehensive resource assembled and curated by the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization.
Editorial: COP27 Climate Change Conference: urgent action needed for Africa and the world
Wealthy nations must step up support for Africa and vulnerable countries in addressing past, present and
future impacts of climate change
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The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 300 universities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government entities from around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts.