2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

Policy Brief for the United States of America   

Resumen de Recomendaciones Political para los Estados Unidos de America 

Climate change is a public health issue. The 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change published in The Lancet medical journal brings together experts from across the globe to track how climate change is affecting our health, including Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy Dr. Melissa C. Lott who examines the impacts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. The report finds that no is country immune from the health harms of climate change – as COVID-19 pandemic offers glimpse of future disruption to lives and livelihoods:

  • The Countdown’s fifth annual report tracks 40+ indicators on links between health and climate change, presenting the most worrying outlook to date as key trends worsen
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change represent converging crisis which need to be tackled in unison.
  • A joined up response to the converging crises can deliver a triple win: better public health, a sustainable economy and environmental protection.