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Public health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

A major international study has concluded that many measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have positive impacts for health. These co-benefits will offset at least some of the costs of climate change mitigation, and should be taken into account in international negotiations.

An international team of researchers, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has modelled the health effects of different policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in high and low income countries.Case studies focus on four key sectors: power generation, transport, household energy, and food and agriculture.

The results were published in a special series in the Lancet on 25 November 2009, and launched at a high-profile event in London, attended by the UK Secretary of State for Health and video-linked to a simultaneous event in Washington.

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on the importance of the Lancet's studies for the global community.

Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the US and global response to climate change and its impact on health.

Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, about the need to raise the priority of health concerns in the debate surrounding climate change.

Professor Sir Andy Haines

Professor Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, discusses the aims and results of the international study on the impact of efforts to combat climate change on health.

Podcasts and presentations

Audio podcasts from the 25 November 2009 event (recorded by Green-Shoot):

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Audio: Presentation from the event [MP3 5.4MB 23m 1s].

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Audio: Press conference from event [MP3 11.5MB 49m 11s]

Presentations from the 25 November 2009 event:

Executive summary The health benefits of tackling climate change The health benefits of tackling climate change Download PDFDownload PDF
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