Institute for Global Health


Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change: Policy Responses to Protect Public Health


Dates: Dec 2012 – August 2015

Principal Investigator: Prof Anthony Costello

Location: Global/regional

Funding: NORAD  |  UCL Grand Challenge for Global Health  |  Tsinghua University  |  ClimateWorks Foundation  |  European Climate Foundation  |  Stordalen Foundation  |  Microsoft Asia  |  NERC

Contact: nicholas.watts@ucl.ac.uk

Project Summary 

The 2015 UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to map out a comprehensive response to climate change, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international in nature, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China.

Four central findings arise from the Commission’s work:

1) The effects of climate change threaten to undermine the last half-century of gains in development and global health. The impacts are being felt today, and future projections represent an unacceptably high and potentially catastrophic risk to human health.

2) Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

3) Achieving a decarbonised global economy and securing the public health benefits it offers is no longer primarily a technological or economic question – it is now a political one.

4) Climate change is fundamentally an issue of human health, and health professionals have a vital role to play in accelerating progress on mitigation and adaptation policies.

Research Team


Nick Watts

Dr Tim Colbourn

Dr Ilan Kelman

Prof Anthony Costello







Sustainability & Climate Change



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