About the commission

The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations world-wide.

The Commission exists as a collaboration between European and Chinese institutions, and is truly multidisciplinary, with climate scientists and geographers, social and environmental scientists, biodiversity experts, engineers and energy policy experts, economists, political scientists and public policy experts, and health professionals—all seeking a response to climate change that is designed to protect and promote human health.



The Commission has developed strong partnerships with institutions around the world, and draws on expertise from a wide variety of disciplines and geographies. Six lead partners have coordinated this collaboration, driving the Commission’s work over the last two years.



The Commission would like to thank its funding partners* for their support without which its work would not have been possible

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* The Commission is also grateful for the financial support from Martin Rushton-Turner


Links with the 2009 Commission on Health and Climate Change

This Commission is not the first of its kind. In 2009, a major report on managing the health effects of climate change, was launched jointly by The Lancet and University College London. Where the 2009 Commission focused on the health impacts of climate change, in 2015, the focus is on the policy response to these impacts.
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