COP 17 Report, Durban 28 Nov/9 Dec. 2011

Juliet Duff Chairperson of the Irish Doctor’s Environmental Association (IDEA) Background: As the name indicates this was the 17th annual Conference of the Parties, the 17th year of international negotiations trying to organize a solution to climate change. With every year that passes, the scientific evidence has increased the data indicating now, an extreme urgency [...]

The Climate Challenge – Some thoughts after Copenhagen

‘If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change’ From THE LEOPARD Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa The two key challenges with respect to the global environment are to ensure a sustainable energy supply while avoiding climate change and to ensure food security without biodiversity loss. If we continue with business [...]

Respiratory doctors call for EU action on climate change

Brussels 1 August 2009 – The risk of premature death due to temperature increases associated with global warming is six times higher for Europeans who are already suffering from respiratory problems, according to a paper published today. Two leading health organisations, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), want to [...]

Secretary’s report IDEA Annual General Meeting 21st February 2009

It gives me great pleasure to present this report of our activities throughout the year. The demands that we are putting on the ecosystems make it imperative that IDEA continues its work to highlight the links between health and the environment. Our work continues on many fronts, and we will highlight hereunder some of our [...]

ISDE submission to EU Commission’s DG SANCO related to its call for information on water fluoridation, 30th May 2009

Below is the submission made by European members of ISDE to EU Commission’s DG SANCO ( Directorate on Health and Consumer Protection) related to its call for information on water fluoridation ( Sir/Madam, RE: SCHER Fluoridation –call for information. 30th May 2009 SCHER is not fit for the purpose of risk assessing fluoridated drinking water. [...]

Chairman’s Address IDEA Annual General Meeting 21st Feb 2009

One of the great privileges of the chairman is the chairman’s address, with which I have complete discretion. This year I want to reflect on the NGOs in general and IDEA in particular. Why are we here, what is our purpose? NGOs exist because there is a perception by ‘the man in the street’ that [...]

Seventeenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17)

This year, the CSD-17 focused on Agriculture, Land, Rural Development, Drought, Desertification and Africa within the over-riding context of Climate Change.  The chair of CSD-17 was Minister Gerda Verburg of the Netherlands, and to many participants, having a woman chair the commission was seen as a significant step forward.  The outcome of this meeting was [...]

Chairman’s Address IDEA Annual General Meeting 17th Feb 2008

We are now entering our 11th year.. We have worked hard as an organisation but the problems are ongoing. Some progress has been made, particularly in relation to the EU, but it often seems like a case of one step forward and two back. Because of our small numbers we continue to operate mainly through [...]

Synopses of papers presented at IDEA AGM/Public Meeting on 23 Feb 2007 in Dublin

Subject: Synopsis of Paper by Dr Elizabeth Cullen Note: These are preliminary findings and are subject to peer review Note: These are preliminary findings and are subject to peer review The third assessment report of the International Panel on Climate Change reported in 2001, that globally averaged temperatures had increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius, over [...]

New WHO report tackles children’s environmental health

27 JULY 2007 | GENEVA - The World Health Organization (WHO) is today releasing the first ever report highlighting children’s special susceptibility to harmful chemical exposures at different periods of their growth. This new volume of the Environmental Health Criteria series, Principles for Evaluating Health Risks in Children Associated with Exposure to Chemicals, is the most comprehensive [...]

The Paris Appeal

International Declaration on diseases due to chemical pollution   I. PREAMBLE Recalling that, according to the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) of 7 April 1948, Health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”, Recalling the commitment to the universal principles of human rights, asserted in the Universal [...]

Chairman’s Address IDEA Annual Public meeting Feb 2006, NUI Maynooth

Welcome Attendees Speakers: Christian Farrer-Hockley [for Genon Jensen] Cathy Sinnot MEP Dr Patrick McLoughlin This session will finish at 1600hrs, break for tea/coffee, and then AGM at 1630hrs. This is our 9th Annual Public Meeting. IDEA was founded to try to highlight the close and inseparable association between the environment and health as it was [...]

IDEA Submission to the Joint Oireactas Committee on Recycling of Household Waste, Aug 2005

Recycling of Household Waste in Ireland Submission by Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association [IDEA] Registered Charity No. 14368 Waste is not a concept that is recognised in Nature where, as a result of billions of years of co- evolution, one organism’s waste is another organism’s food. In this way, energy is recycled in a perpetual [...]

ENGOs Letter to BAT/BEP Expert Group Participants

The following is a letter written by the below named Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations [ENGOs] to the members of the Expert Group [EG] who are finalising proposals to be put before the national delegates to the pending 3rd Conference of the Parties [COP 3], which is to formulaate the details of the broader application of the [...]

Toxic Crimes: Examining corporate victimization of the general public

“These findings are enough to establish that corporations and industries that produce pesticides and dioxins show a blatant disregard for the effects of their products and by-products on human and animal populations. The fact that corporations continue to choose to produce commodities and waste that generate such a potential threat is a sign of their [...]