The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths.

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health addresses the full health and economic costs of air, water, and soil pollution. Through analyses of existing and emerging data, the Commission reveals pollution’s severe and underreported contribution to the Global Burden of Disease. It uncovers the economic costs of pollution to low-income and middle-income countries. The Commission will inform key decision makers around the world about the burden that pollution places on health and economic development, and about available cost-effective pollution control solutions and strategies.


  • The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

    Philip J Landrigan, Richard Fuller, Nereus J R Acosta, Olusoji Adeyi, Robert Arnold, Niladri (Nil) Basu, Abdoulaye Bibi Baldé, Roberto Bertollini, Stephan Bose-O’Reilly, Jo Ivey Boufford, Patrick N Breysse, Thomas Chiles, Chulabhorn Mahidol, Awa M Coll-Seck, Maureen L Cropper, Julius Fobil, Valentin Fuster, Michael Greenstone, Andy Haines, David Hanrahan, David Hunter, Mukesh Khare, Alan Krupnick, Bruce Lanphear, Bindu Lohani, Keith Martin, Karen V Mathiasen, Maureen A McTeer, Christopher J L Murray, Johanita D Ndahimananjara, Frederica Perera, Janez Potočnik, Alexander S Preker, Jairam Ramesh, Johan Rockström, Carlos Salinas, Leona D Samson, Karti Sandilya, Peter D Sly, Kirk R Smith, Achim Steiner, Richard B Stewart, William A Suk, Onno C P van Schayck, Gautam N Yadama, Kandeh Yumkella, Ma Zhong
    The Lancet


  • Pollution, health, and the planet: time for decisive action

    Pamela Das, Richard Horton
    The Lancet
  • Towards a healthier and safer environment

    Maria Neira, Michaela Pfeiffer, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Annette Prüss-Ustün
    The Lancet
  • Implications for the science of air pollution and health

    H Ross Anderson
    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 12
  • In control of ambient and household air pollution — how low should we go?

    Stephen Gordon, Kevin Mortimer, Jonathan Grigg, John Balmes
    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 12


  • Mathuros Ruchirawat: leading light in pollution control

    Rachael Davies
    The Lancet