Institute for Global Health


Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change

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Dates: Ongoing

Principal Investigator: Prof Anthony Costello (Co PIs: Nicholas Watts, Hugh Montgomery, Peng Gong

Location: UK

Funding: Wellcome Trust 

Contact: nicholas.watts@ucl.ac.uk

Project Summary 

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international, multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and experts across the world. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that "tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century". The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change aims to track a number of aspects of the interaction between social and environmental systems, including: the health impacts of climate change; health resilience and adaptation; health co-benefits of mitigation; finance and economics associated with health and climate change; and political and public engagement and change.


  • Centre Virchow-Villermé
  • European Centre for Environment and Human Health
  • Imperial College London
  • International Livestock Research Institute
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Sustainable Development Unit
  • The Centre for Climate & Security
  • The Grantham Institute
  • Tsinghua University
  • Umea University's Centre for Global Health Research
  • United Nations University
  • University College London (the Energy Institute; and the Institutes of Global Health, for Sustainable Resources, for Human Health and Performance, and for Environmental Design and Engineering; the Departments of Geography, and of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy; the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research)
  • University of Exeter
  • University of York
  • The Lancet Countdown and its partners work in special collaboration with the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organisation

Executive Team
Nicholas Watts - (Executive Director)
Nicola Wheeler (Programme Officer)
Jack Fisher (Communications Officer)

•  The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change
•  Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health
•  Managing the health effects of climate change: Lancet and University College London Institute for Global Health Commission

•  Lancet Countdown Website
•  Lancet Countdown Animated Video

    Sustainability & Climate Change

    •  Lancet Countdown Webinar


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