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Sanford Professor Contributed to Report on Planetary Health Released Today

July 16, 2015


A new report released today by The Rockefeller-Foundation – Lancet Commission on Planetary Health calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural system on which it depends.  The report, Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch, has been published in a special edition of The Lancet, a leading medical journal.

Subhrendu K. PattanayakSanford Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak is a member of the commission and a major contributor to the report. He is an environmental economist who has led several interdisciplinary projects, most recently focusing on household environmental health interventions. He is also a research professor of global health.

The report provides the first ever comprehensive examination of evidence showing how the health and well-being of future generations is jeopardized by the degradation of the planet’s natural resources and ecological systems.  The findings include a warning that the combination of a rising population and over-use of natural resources will exacerbate health challenges in the future.  The world’s poorest communities are at the greatest risk, as they live in areas most strongly affected by environmental changes and have greater sensitivity to disease and poor health.

Major recommendations include integrating social, economic and environmental policies, improved health systems and more interdisciplinary research on planetary health.

The commission included 15 leading academics and policymakers from eight countries, chaired by Professor Sir Andy Haines of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Both The Rockefeller Foundation and Lancet have created websites dedicated to the report.