Without action, every child will be affected by climate change


Annual report assesses numerous indicators

The Lancet Countdown is an annual report supported by the Wellcome Trust that pulls together research from 35 academic institutions and United Nations agencies across the world to provide an update on what the authors described as “41 health indicators across five key domains: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation, planning, and resilience for health; mitigation action and health cobenefits; economics and finance; [and] public and political engagement.”

Given the complexity of the issue of climate change and the wide range of possible effects and preventive measures, contributing researchers included not just climate scientists but also ecologists, mathematicians, engineers, hydrologists, social and political scientists, physicians and other public health professionals, and experts in energy, food, and transportation.

The research was supported by the Wellcome Trust. Multiple authors also received support from a range of government institutions and public and private foundations and fellowships. No relevant financial relationships were noted.

SOURCE: Watts N et al. Lancet. 2019 Nov 13. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32596-6.

This story first appeared in Medscape.com.


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