2021 Norway Lancet Countdown Launch

In the 2021 Report of the Lancet Countdown, 120 world-leading experts have looked at more than 30 indicators assessing the complexity of climate change and health. Join us for the virtual launch to discover the new findings and the relevance in a Norwegian context with a Planetary Health lens.

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The complexity and interconnectedness of how climate change seriously endangers human health are comprehensively laid out in the annual Lancet Countdown report. Code red is declared for planet Earth, and life as we know it is threatened due to overexploitation of natural resources and emission of greenhouse gases. 

Planetary Health is “the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends.” The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has demonstrated the urgency in addressing and understanding the complexity of Planetary Health.  In the 2021 Report of the Lancet Countdown, 120 world-leading experts have looked at more than 30 indicators assessing the situation. Join us for the virtual Oslo launch to discover the new findings and the relevance in a Norwegian context.


Moderator: Karine Nordstrand | Global Health Cluster, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)






Welcome   Jeanette H. Magnus | Director, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo (UiO)



The 2021 Report of The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Prof. Jan C. Semenza | Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg 



The State of Affairs Bjørn Samset | Senior Researcher, CICERO 



Introduction to the Norwegian Policy Brief

Ernst Kristian Rødland | Senior Medical Officer, NIPH



Floods, Droughts and Climate Change Hege Hisdal | Director Hydrology Department, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE)



Detection, Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies - Introduction to the International Health Regulations

Bjørn Iversen | Senior Medical Officer, NIPH



Media Coverage of Health and Climate Change Bent Skjærstad
14:05 Panel Discussion
14:30 Closing Remarks

Webinar Format

This online event will include presentations followed by a panel discussion with an open Q&A session with the audience. All participants must register in order to receive the webinar link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded.


About the Lancet Countdown

Climate change is threatening the health of people around the world, and it is no longer a problem of the future. Our food stocks are compromised, our lands are burning, our air is polluted, and the hospitals and clinics we depend on are under increasing pressure. Yet, responding to climate change offers a chance of a brighter future for global health - cleaner skies, healthier foods, and more livable cities.

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration providing a global overview of the relationship between public health and climate change. The Lancet Countdown tracks the world’s response to climate change, and the health status that emerges from this transition. They are a collaboration of over 120 leading experts from academic institutions and United Nations (UN) agencies across the globe, bringing together climate scientists, engineers, energy specialists, economists, political scientists, public health professionals and physicians.

Each year the findings are published in The Lancet medical journal ahead of the UN climate change negotiations. The data makes it very clear how climate change is affecting our health, the consequences of inadequate or delayed action and the health benefits of a robust response. More information, including previous reports can be found here:

Published Sep. 23, 2021 3:57 PM - Last modified Oct. 15, 2021 9:54 AM