Released: Highly Anticipated Annual Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Policy Brief for the U.S.

2021 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Policy Brief

On Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30pm EST the highly anticipated fifth annual Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Policy Brief was released. 

The annual global report tracks the impact of climate change on human health and is a product of more than 100 experts from 40 global institutions and the companion U.S. Brief is supported by over 70 U.S. institutions, organizations, and centers. The 2021 U.S. Brief highlights the converging health crises of extreme heat, droughts, wildfires, exposes the inequitable health risks of climate change, and highlights opportunities to improve health through swift action. It also explores how expanding our understanding is essential for the United States’ ability to respond with evidence-informed policy recommendations.

You can now access the HTML version of the report, as well as the downloadable English and Spanish PDFs HERE.

2021 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Launch Event

On Thursday, October 21st, The Lancet Countdown U.S. Policy Brief Authors convened for the 2021 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Virtual Launch Event. 

The launch event included esteemed keynote presentations, dynamic panel discussions by top experts, and a Q&A by the Lancet Countdown authors, Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS and Jeremy J. Hess, MD, MPH

You can access the event recording and learn more about our speakers HERE.

Summaries and Additional Materials

This year’s Brief was accompanied by a suite of supporting materials, including; an Executive Summary (English and Spanish), Summary for the General Public (English and Spanish), a Breakdown of the New Science, Summary for Medical Professionals, and Regional Summaries for the South, West, Midwest, and Northeast. 

These materials were generated to serve as living tools, meant to be used to strengthen and amplify existing work around climate change and health.

You can access and download this suite of supporting materials HERE.

See what others are saying about the report and how officials are responding HERE!