Climate change and human health

The health benefits of tackling climate change

An Executive Summary for The Lancet Series

The Lancet Series

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English



The threat of climate change has generated a global flood of policy documents, suggested technical fixes, and lifestyle recommendations. One widely held view is that their implementation would, almost without exception, prove socially uncomfortable and economically painful. But as a series of new studies shows, in one domain at least—public health—such a view is ill founded. If properly chosen, action to combat climate change can, of itself, lead to improvements in health. The news is not all bad.