January 31, 2020
This report summarizes the policy efforts that the country is undertaking to meet its NDC targets and the related expected health co-benefits, based on recent scientific literature. It compares public budget allocations to health, climate change-related measures and subsidies to fossil fuels.
Press Release: Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting China’s climate change goals, experts say
January 30, 2020
Geneva, January 30 - Researchers from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), together with experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), launched a report highlighting the substantial health gains expected from China’s national climate policies during a Special Event on Health & Climate Change in Geneva.
Blog: Governments should fight air pollution from fossil fuels like they fight tobacco use
October 9, 2019 |
Imagine driving into a gas station to fill up your car’s gas tank and seeing this stark notice affixed to the pump: “Warning: Burning fossil fuels kills.”
Reports: Burning Problems, Inspiring Solutions: Sharing lessons on action against tobacco and fossil fuels
August 25, 2019
This report seeks to drive action on air pollution and climate change through the regulation of fossil fuels, considering society's experience with tobacco control.
Commentary: Support for Clean Cooking in India
November 22, 2018
India is currently one of the most polluted countries in the world, with air pollution contributing to hundreds of thousands of deaths per year—much caused by burning biomass fuel, such as wood and dung. The health impacts, and the burden of collecting and preparing traditional fuels, falls disproportionately on women and children.
Reports: The Health Cost of Coal in Indonesia
June 6, 2018
This paper looks at the health impacts of coal, including related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their costs to Indonesians, suggesting several ways the country could reduce the negative impacts of coal on health.
Blog: Health Organizations, Help Indonesia Kick the Coal Habit
September 18, 2017 |
Indonesians’ lungs have been exposed to significant pollution in the past few years, from forest fire haze to increasing amounts of motor vehicle exhaust. A study looking at the greater Jakarta area attributed 3,700 premature deaths per year to air pollution from 2012 to 2015. The national and regional governments of Indonesia are trying to tackle some of these issues through, for example, banning land clearance by burning and improving public transit. But there’s one area, power generation, where current government policies are on course to make Indonesia’s air pollution worse.
Blog: How Indonesia Might Turn Its Back on a Future of Cheaper Renewable Electricity
August 9, 2017 |
Short-term gain can lead to long-term pain. This might be the case with Indonesia’s recent decision to bet on coal as its preferred source to supply reliable and affordable electricity. Indonesia’s decision comes at a time when the rest of the world is moving in the opposite direction: countries are increasingly switching from coal to renewables and encouraging competition between power generators to obtain the best prices.