2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown

2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown

Climate change poses a significant public health threat that is potentially irreversible and could lead to a global emergency, a report from Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change finds. Based on forty indicators across five areas — climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; finance and economics; and public and political engagement — the 2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown: From 25 Years of Inaction to a Global Transformation for Public Health (HTML or 50 pages, PDF) found that the lackluster response to climate change over the past twenty-five years has jeopardized human life and livelihoods around the globe. For example, the number of undernourished people in thirty countries vulnerable to climate change increased from 398 million in 1990 to 422 million in 2016, while global physical labor capacity in populations exposed to temperature change fell 5.3 percent between 2000 and 2016. As a result, many development and global health efforts over the last fifty years are at risk of being undermined by climate change effects.