Research project

Tracking the Connections Between Public Health and Climate Change

Climate change is undermining the foundations of good health; threatening the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the hospitals and clinics we depend on. However, the response to climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century. The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change brings together 35 leading academic institutions and UN agencies from every continent to monitor this transition from threat to opportunity. We track annual indicators of progress, empowering the health profession and supporting policymakers to accelerate their response. Hertie School Data Science Lab contributes to the Lancet Countdown through development and application of machine learning and natural language processing solutions to track the governance layer of health implications of climate change.


The Lancet, University College London, Tsinghua University, World Health Organisation, World Bank, and other academic institutions and international organisations


Wellcome Trust

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Project leads


  • Hannah Bechara, Postdoctoral researcher

  • Leonie Neuhäuser, PhD researcher