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Health Care Without Harm is working to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. HCWH works closely with the health care sector to help it reduce sources of pollution, waste, and harmful emissions in line with the health professional’s pledge to “first, do no harm.” HCWH focuses on a number of environmental issues, such as chemical use and regulation, climate and health, green building and energy, and healthy food systems.

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Philippine Typhoon -- A Devastating Wake Up Call

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 10:28 AM

By Josh Karliner, International Team Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm

Will climate change adversely impact human health? Ask the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

In a matter of hours last week, at least 2,500 people died in one small city alone. Six-hundred thousand others were suddenly climate...

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Climate Change Impacting Food Supply...But Health Care Serves Up Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 9:12 AM

By Michelle Gottlieb and Lucia Sayre

Gottlieb and Sayre co-coordinate the Healthy Food in Health Care Program for Health Care Without Harm. Sayre is the Co-Executive Director of the Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Naysayers take heed...those few extra degrees associated with a changing climate, in most...

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Nurses Take the Temperature of a Changing Climate

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:38 PM

With another sweltering summer behind us, we begin to reflect on how much can happen in a year's time. Not only personally and professionally, but also in what feels like a global shift toward living consciously. The Mayan Prophecy did not bring civilization to a screeching halt as many feared,...

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Superstorm Sandy -- Lessons for Health Care in a Changing Climate

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:36 PM

By Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm; and Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York, NY

It has been a year since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey shoreline and New York City, knocking out the grid, trapping millions in their homes without power...

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Protecting Public Health From Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 1:32 AM

By Josh Karliner, International Team Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm

Will dengue fever mosquitos touch down someday soon in Chicago?

Will the Anopheles family, better known as the Malaria Mob, buzz the rooftops of Miami in the not too distant future?

Sound over the top? Maybe not.

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