Lancet Countdown 2017 report
The prestigious ‘Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change’ report for 2017 is now available. The report is co-authored by members of the Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) team.
The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is an international, multidisciplinary, long-term effort to identify and address the links between climate change and public health matters.
The new report examines 40 indicators in five areas and comes to three key conclusions. These are that:
- The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible
- The delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardised human life and livelihoods.
- The past 5 years have seen an accelerated response, and in 2017 momentum is building across a number of sectors; the direction of travel is set, with clear and unprecedented opportunities for public health.
CEE Centre members who co-authored the report include Professors Tadj Oreszczyn, Bob Lowe and Michael Davies, Dr Ian Hamilton and PhD Student Jonathan Chambers. The CEE Centre uses research methods more commonly associated with medicine – to track health issues in large populations – applied to energy use. This leads to a different perspective and understanding on how energy is used across the UK.
The report’s findings have been picked up by numerous media outlets including the Guardian, the Independent and the Huffington Post. The Lancet Countdown (supported by the Wellcome foundation) have also produced a number of videos and infographics, available on their website.
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