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Lancet. 2017 Mar 18;389(10074):1151-1164. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32124-9. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change.

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Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, UK. Electronic address: nicholas.watts@ucl.ac.uk.
2
Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
3
UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany.
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Centre for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
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Epidemiology & Global Health, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
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Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, UK.
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College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
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Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London, London, UK.
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University of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
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Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France.
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Department of Production and Population Health, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
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Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, London, UK.
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Food Safety and Zoonoses Program, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya.
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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK.
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NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health and Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
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Energy Institute, University College London, London, UK.
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Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, London, UK.
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Institute for Global Health and UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, London, UK.
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School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR, USA.
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Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London, UK.
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Department of Geography, University College London, London, UK.
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European Centre for Environment & Human Health, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
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Grantham Institute-Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London, London, UK.
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Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology, University College London, London, UK.
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Global Security Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA.
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Sustainable Development Unit, Cambridge, UK.
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School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, UK.
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WHO/WMO Joint Climate and Health Office, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
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MRC/PHE Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK.
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Institute for Human Health and Performance, Division of Medicine, University College London, London, UK.
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Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that the response to climate change could be "the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century". The Lancet Countdown aims to track the health impacts of climate hazards; health resilience and adaptation; health co-benefits of climate change mitigation; economics and finance; and political and broader engagement. These focus areas form the five thematic working groups of the Lancet Countdown and represent different aspects of the complex association between health and climate change. These thematic groups will provide indicators for a global overview of health and climate change; national case studies highlighting countries leading the way or going against the trend; and engagement with a range of stakeholders. The Lancet Countdown ultimately aims to report annually on a series of indicators across these five working groups. This paper outlines the potential indicators and indicator domains to be tracked by the collaboration, with suggestions on the methodologies and datasets available to achieve this end. The proposed indicator domains require further refinement, and mark the beginning of an ongoing consultation process-from November, 2016 to early 2017-to develop these domains, identify key areas not currently covered, and change indicators where necessary. This collaboration will actively seek to engage with existing monitoring processes, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and WHO's climate and health country profiles. The indicators will also evolve over time through ongoing collaboration with experts and a range of stakeholders, and be dependent on the emergence of new evidence and knowledge. During the course of its work, the Lancet Countdown will adopt a collaborative and iterative process, which aims to complement existing initiatives, welcome engagement with new partners, and be open to developing new research projects on health and climate change.

PMID:
27856085
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32124-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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