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Lancet Countdown sets out its indicators

HEAL is an enthusiastic supporter of the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. This international research initiative brings together leading experts to track and analyse the impacts of climate change on public health.

The Lancet Countdown, which will track progress on health and climate change up to 2030, was launched at COP22 in Marrakesh. Reporting annually in The Lancet journal, the Lancet Countdown will follow a series of indicators to demonstrate that this transition is possible, that it has already begun but that more work is needed. It comes at a crucial time for national and international action on climate change, especially following the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the announcement of the 2030 global sustainable development goals (SDGs).

This international, multi-disciplinary research initiative brings together leading experts to track and analyse the impacts of climate change on public health. 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”.

Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet said: "One challenge of the ongoing global climate crisis is to convey the urgency of our collective predicament and the need for decisive action. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is being launched today to amass the evidence needed to hold policy makers accountable for their promises and commitments.


Proposed Indicators and Indicator Domains



The Lancet Countdown report (14-page) outlines what will be measured over the next 15 years including a description of the 30 potential indicators and indicator domains is available here. The proposed 30 indicators are under open consultation until January 2017.


More information

- Lancet Countdown is available at www.lancetcountdown.org, including the global consultation process available at www.lancetcountdown.org/consultation.

- Listen to HEAL CHE Partnership call - Climate Change and Health: Scaling-up Solution-oriented Efforts and download slide sets.

- Watch and share the Lancet Countdown animated video - A short animation introducing the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change.



- Download the Lancet Countdown Launch infographics to share on your social media platforms using @LancetCountdown and #ClimateHealth.

Last updated on 20 December 2016

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