The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come

Published in The Lancet, 2018

Recommended citation: Nick Watts et al. (2018). "The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come." The Lancet, 392(10163): 2479-2514.

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change was established to provide an independent, global monitoring system dedicated to tracking the health dimensions of the impacts of, and the response to, climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks indicators across five domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement.

This report is the product of a collaboration of 27 leading academic institutions, the UN, and intergovernmental agencies from every continent. The report draws on world-class expertise from climate scientists, ecologists, mathematicians, geographers, engineers, energy, food, livestock, and transport experts, economists, social and political scientists, public health professionals, and doctors.

The Lancet Countdown’s work builds on decades of research in this field, and was first proposed in the 2015 Lancet Commission on health and climate change,1 which documented the human impacts of climate change and provided ten global recommendations to respond to this public health emergency and secure the public health benefits available.

Article publicly available here

Supplementary materials from the Lancet Countdown

GitHub repo for work on Indicators 5.3 & 5.4