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Health and Air Quality Benefits of the UK's Climate Change Act

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The Royal Society of Medicine

Guy Whittle Auditorium

1 Wimpole Street

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The UK’s Climate Change Act turns 10 at the end of this year. To mark this milestone, the Lancet Countdown is launching a case study that quantifies the health benefits of the UK's Climate Change Act, which commits the UK to an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. This groundbreaking study shows that meeting the Act's commitments will result in significant reductions in air pollution, which in turn will improve public health and save lives.

The new research will be introduced by the authors of the study, after which there will be a panel discussion on lessons from the study and policy implications for the UK.

This event is an opportunity to hear from leaders in health and climate change, and from the report’s authors about their findings, and their implications for health professionals and the UK government.

Doors open at 6:00pm and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a Q&A.

The panel will consist of:

  • Martin Williams, Professor of Air Quality, Environmental Research Group, King's College London

  • Jonathan Grigg, Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Queen Mary University of London

  • Scarlett McNally, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Council Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • Adrian Gault, Chief Economist of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

  • Sophie Neuburg, Executive Director of Medact

  • Laurie Laybourn-Langton, Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change


The launch event is organised in collaboration with the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which represents Britain's leading health institutions, including Royal Medical and Nursing Colleges, faculties, societies, and medical journals, the Lancet and the BMJ.

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is a research collaboration between 24 academic institutions and inter-governmental organisations, based in every continent, and with representation from a wide range of disciplines. It tracks progress on the relationships between human health and climate change, and their implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

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