Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health

Published: June 23, 2015

Executive Summary


The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change maps out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China. The central finding from the Commission is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

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EPA Report: For the US, Global Action Now Saves Lives and Avoids Significant Climate Change Damages

Release Date: 06/22/2015
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, jones.enesta@epa.gov, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released one of the most comprehensive analyses to date on the economic, health and environmental benefits to the United States of global climate action. The peer-reviewed report, “Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action,” examines how future impacts and damages of climate change across a number of sectors in the United States can be avoided or reduced with

Civil Society Reactions: Papal Encyclical for Climate Action

Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical for Climate Action

Vatican City, Italy – June 18, 2015 – NGOs have today welcomed Pope Francis’ strong moral case for people and leaders to tackle climate change delivered in today’s historic Papal Encyclical.

Pope Francis, Papal Encyclical for Climate ActionIn a rare open letter that will shape Catholic teaching, His Holiness Pope Francis laid out our moral imperative to “care for our common home” and end the inequalities which are driving interlinked problems of climate change and poverty. Pope Francis is the latest and most high profile voice …

World Energy Outlook Special Report 2015: Energy and Climate Change

New @IEA report: current pledges for climate negotiations aren’t yet enough. Governments must step up http://bit.ly/1IX0Zti #WEOclimate

The world is moving towards a crucial climate change meeting in Paris in December 2015 (COP21). The negotiations there will be based on national pledges, formally known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, with the goal of setting the world on a sustainable path.

The International Energy Agency has long emphasised to its members and the world at large that energy production and use …

Scientists call for a moratorium on oil sands development (10 Reasons)

Decisions about the development of the vast oil sands† deposits in Alberta and elsewhere in North America are among the biggest we face as Canadians and Americans. Their consequences for our national economies and shared environment will last decades to centuries. These decisions transcend the boundaries of scientific disciplines in ways that challenge accurate summary in media and debate.

We, a diverse group of natural and social scientists from both countries, began talking to each other because concerns about the …