Tracking global progress on climate change

A new collaboration will track and analyse the impact of climate change on public health around the world.

Two boys rest on sand bags placed at various points along the banks of the River Jamuna, Bogura

Credit: GMB Akash/Panos

Two boys rest on sand bags placed at various points along the banks of the River Jamuna, Bogra, where it is vulnerable to erosion.

One year ago, nearly 200 countries agreed to limit greenhouse gas emissions to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2030. To track progress against these goals, we're supporting the 'Lancet Countdown: Tracking the progress on health and climate change'.

The Lancet Countdown launches today at COP22 in Marrakech, nearly one year on from the Paris Agreement. It will involve experts from 48 countries, and track indicators across five key areas, including health resilience and adaption to the economic and political aspects of climate change.

Climate change presents a potentially catastrophic risk to human health. Yet many of the responses to climate change are sensible and cost-effective health interventions in their own right.

Dr Sarah Molton, lead for Our planet, our health at Wellcome, said: "The Paris Agreement is a step in the right direction, but we must build on this momentum. The Lancet Countdown is an important opportunity to ensure that evidence gets to those audiences that can bring about the changes in policy and practice that we need to protect the health of both humans and the planet.”

The first report has 30 potential indicators, which the team will be seeking input on over the next three months. Future reports will track progress against these indicators, as well as highlighting examples of best practice from cities and countries across the world.

Read the full report on the Lancet Countdown website.

Find out more about the work we’re doing to improve the relationship between environmental and human health