2019 Report Launch Round-up: Global Media Coverage, Engagement and Events


The 2019 Lancet Countdown report shone a light on the impact of our changing climate on the health of children worldwide.

The world currently faces an important choice. It either continues down its current path, where health comes to define the health of children at every stage of their lives; or it realises the health benefits of a response, transforming the health of a child born today for the better.

The launch of the 2019 report received wide-spread media coverage, engagement from high level policymakers, and was launched through over 30 launch events, and 11 briefs for national policymakers around the world.

See a snapshot of 2019 report launch coverage and engagement below.

High-level Engagement


Media pieces on the 2019 report findings have been shared by Hillary Clinton, renowned environmentalist Leonardo Di Caprio, Leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, and Green Party UK MP Caroline Lucas, all recognising the need for action to ensure the health of children alive today.

Global launch events have been attended by high-level policymakers including Dag-Inge Ulstein (Minister of International Development, Norway) speaking at our launch event in Oslo,  and Chairwoman of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson, talking at our Washington DC event.

Media Coverage


The 2019 report has received unprecedented media coverage with over 2,200 media pieces from every major global outlet including:

The New York Times, Time, CBBC, The Economist, New Scientist, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, BBC, CNN, USA Today, Sky News, Daily Mirror (front cover), New Scientist, Financial Times, CNBC, El Pais, The Independent, Times of India, Vox, Wired, 7 News, Folha de S.Paulo, The Globe and Mail, NBC News, AP News, Le Monde, France 24, Clarin, China Global Television Network, Corriere della Sera, Al Jazeera, Reuters, La Repubblica, Evening Standard, South China Morning Post, Yahoo, Jamaica Observer, Deutsche Welle, Huffpost, Scientific American, ABC and El Espectador.

This included several TV and radio interviews and features, and strong media coverage in China.

See some of the most impacting headlines and pieces below:

The New York Times: Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide

Time: How Climate Change Is Clobbering Kids’ Health

New Scientist: Health impacts of climate change on children don’t need exaggerating

El Pais: Los impactos de la crisis climática se acentúan y amenazan con hipotecar la salud de los niños

Financial Times: Air pollution to kill millions more people as climate crisis worsens

Daily Mail: Children around the world are already suffering ill health because of climate change

Le Monde: La santé des futures générations risque d’être affectée par le changement climatique

Folha de S.Paulo: Brasileiros nascidos hoje terão dificuldade para respirar no futuro, diz estudo climático

ABC: El año pasado hubo 220 millones más de personas en peligro por las olas de calor que en los 90

Sky News: Climate change: 4C temperature increase by 2090 ‘will have catastrophic impact on children’

CNN: The climate crisis will profoundly affect the health of every child alive today, report says

Radio Canada:

Le climat et votre santé

[24•60] Comment les changements climatiques affectent-ils votre santé? La Dre Claudel P-Desrosiers explique les résultats d'une nouvelle étude

Posted by Radio-Canada Information on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Jornal Da Band (Brazil):

Channel News Asia:

VOA News:

Global Launch Events


As well as a global launch event in London, over 35 launch events have taken place/are planned around the world to share the global 2019 Lancet Countdown report and national policy briefs at a regional level.

These span every continent and include events in Sao Paolo, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Washington, Montreal, Sydney, Cuzco, Santiago, Barbados, Venice, Abu Dhabi, Paris, Mexico City and Kampala.

These events were all organised with partners around the world, and ranged from small seminars, to 3 day conferences, with the Washington launch event taking place in the Russell Senate Office Building. Watch a recording of the Washington event here.

Map of global past, and upcoming 2019 report launch events

Sao Paolo Launch Event:


Paris Launch Event:

See recordings of other global launch events here.

Briefs for national policymakers


As part of the 2019 launch the Lancet Countdown worked with key partners from around the world, to produce a series of 11 briefs for national policymakers. These outline the state of climate change and health at country-level, and provides recommendations to policymakers on how to protect populations against the health impacts of our changing climate.

Over 115 authors, reviewers and contributors from across the globe and 21 national partners worked on the briefs for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, EU, Germany, India, MSF, UK, USA. Download the briefs here.

Policybrief partner institutions


Data platform and communications materials


A focus of the 2019 report launch was to ensure our findings were understandable to a wide global audience, and to make our data accessible to anyone- to highlight climate change as a health issue.

To achieve this the Lancet Countdown launched a groundbreaking data visualisation explorer platform, which allows users to explore our data at a country and regional level. Enter the platform here.



A range of materials including a series of social media graphics and animation were produced for the launch. To date the animation has been viewed over 11,000 times. Watch the video below:


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