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Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health

Executive Summary

The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change maps out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China. The central finding from the Commission is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

See Commission for a full Executive Summary.


    Reduce short-lived climate pollutants for multiple benefits
    Noah Scovronick, Carlos Dora, Elaine Fletcher, Andy Haines, Drew Shindell
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61043-1
    The Lancet
    Achieving a cleaner, more sustainable, and healthier future
    Margaret Chan
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61080-7
    The Lancet
    Tackling climate change: the greatest opportunity for global health
    Helena Wang, Richard Horton
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60931-X
    The Lancet
    Action to protect human health from climate change: an African perspective
    Kesetebirhan Admasu, Kare Debessa
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61139-4
    The Lancet


    Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health
    Nick Watts, W Neil Adger, Paolo Agnolucci, Jason Blackstock, Peter Byass, Wenjia Cai, Sarah Chaytor, Tim Colbourn, Mat Collins, Adam Cooper, Peter M Cox, Joanna Depledge, Paul Drummond, Paul Ekins, Victor Galaz, Delia Grace, Hilary Graham, Michael Grubb, Andy Haines, Ian Hamilton, Alasdair Hunter, Xujia Jiang, Moxuan Li, Ilan Kelman, Lu Liang, Melissa Lott, Robert Lowe, Yong Luo, Georgina Mace, Mark Maslin, Maria Nilsson, Tadj Oreszczyn, Steve Pye, Tara Quinn, My Svensdotter, Sergey Venevsky, Koko Warner, Bing Xu, Jun Yang, Yongyuan Yin, Chaoqing Yu, Qiang Zhang, Peng Gong, Hugh Montgomery, Anthony Costello
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60854-6
    The Lancet


    Peng Gong: remote sensing of near climate change
    Geoff Watts
    DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60723-1
    The Lancet

Infographic videos

Climate change and health

How can we transform climate change from a threat to an opportunity to improve global health?

Les changements climatiques et la santé

Comment pouvons-nous transformer la menace des changements climatiques en une opportunité d'améliorer la santé mondiale?

2015 Climate Health Commission hosts additional resources and videos.

For more related content, see The Lancet's Health and climate change Commissions page.