THE LANCET: Urgent action needed to integrate climate change mitigation into COVID-19 recovery plans to address global inequities in health and build a sustainable future

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  • The Lancet Countdown’s sixth annual report tracks 44 indicators of health impacts that are directly linked to climate change – and shows key trends are getting worse and exacerbating already existing health and social inequities.
  • Global leaders have the opportunity to put actions and policies in place that will address these stark inequities, improve health, and deliver economic and environmentally sustainable COVID-19 recovery plans.
  • Countries must commit to more ambitious climate plans that incorporate health equity and societal support to ensure a more suitable future for all.  

The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future outlines the growing risks to health and climate. These risks exacerbate the health hazards already faced by many, particularly in communities exposed to food and water insecurity, heatwaves, and the spread of infectious diseases. The authors call for urgent, globally coordinated action to mitigate climate change and build a healthier, sustainable future for all.

  • Many current COVID-19 recovery plans are not compatible with the Paris Agreement and will therefore have long-term health implications.
  • Despite the detrimental climate effects, the world continues to subsidise fossil fuels. In 2018, 65 out of the 84 countries analysed by Lancet Countdown researchers had net-negative carbon prices equivalent to an overall subsidising of fossil fuels. The median value of the subsidy was US$1 billion, with some countries providing net subsidies to fossil fuels in the tens of billions of dollars each year. The 84 countries surveyed are responsible for around 92% of global COemissions.
  • In 2020, adults over 65 were affected by 3.1 billion more days of heatwave exposure than in the 1986–2005 baseline average. Chinese, Indian, American, Japanese, and Indonesian senior citizens were the most affected.
  • Climate change and its drivers are creating ideal conditions for infectious disease transmission, potentially undoing decades of progress to control diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, malaria, and cholera.
  • Healthcare systems are ill-prepared for current and future climate-induced health shocks. Only 45 (49%) of 91 countries in 2021 reported having carried out a climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for increased international co-operation in the face of global crises. Politicians must show leadership by moving beyond rhetoric and take action at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will start on Sunday 31 October 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to improve health and to provide a more equitable, sustainable future.

As countries commit trillions of dollars to restart their economies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report urges political leaders and policy makers to use this public spending to reduce inequities. Promoting a green recovery by creating new and green jobs, and safeguarding health, will build healthier populations now and in the future.   

A fossil-fuel driven recovery – which includes large subsidies for oil, gas and coal and limited financial support for clean energy – could potentially meet narrow and near-term economic targets, but may then push the world irrevocably off course and make it impossible to meet the maximum 1.5C of warming as outlined in the Paris Agreement. This has a toll on human health, hardest hitting to those people living in low income countries, whose populations have made the smallest relative contribution to climate change. As governments turn from emergency spending to long term post-pandemic recovery it is vital that more of these funds are spent in ways that reduce climate change, such as promoting jobs in zero-carbon energy, where investment lags behind what is necessary to keep within 1.5C of warming.

The Lancet Countdown report shows that many countries are under-prepared for the health effects of climate change. In a 2021 World Health Organisation survey of health and climate change, only 45 of 91 countries surveyed (49%) say they have a national health and climate change plan or strategy. Only 8 out of those 45 countries in the analysis reported that their assessments of the effects of climate change on their citizens’ health had influenced the allocation of human and financial resources. The survey found 69% of countries in this analysis reported insufficient financing was a barrier to implementing these plans.

“Climate change is here and we’re already seeing it damaging human health across the world,” said Prof Anthony Costello, Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown.   

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues, every country is facing some aspect of the climate crisis too. The 2021 report shows that populations of 134 countries have experienced an increase in exposure to wildfires. Millions of farmers and construction workers could have lost income because on some days it’s just too hot for them to work. Drought is more widespread than ever before. The Lancet Countdown’s report has over 40 indicators and far too many of them are flashing red.   

“But the good news is that the huge efforts countries are making to kick-start their economies after the pandemic can be orientated towards responding to climate change and COVID-19 simultaneously. We have a choice. The recovery from COVID-19 can be a green recovery that puts us on the path of improving human health and reducing inequities, or it can be a business-as-usual recovery that puts us all at risk.” [1]

The Lancet Countdown report represents the consensus of leading researchers from 38 academic institutions and UN agencies. The 44 indicators in the 2021 report expose an unabated rise in the health impacts of climate change: 

  • The potential for outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika is increasing most rapidly in countries with a very high human development index, including European countries. Suitability for malaria infections is increasing in cooler highland areas of countries with a low human development index. Coasts around northern Europe and the US are becoming more conducive to bacteria which produce gastroenteritis, severe wound infections, and sepsis. In resource-limited countries the same dynamic is putting decades of progress towards controlling or eliminating these diseases at risk.
  • There are 569.6 million people living less than five metres above current sea levels, who could face rising risks of increased flooding, more intense storms, and soil and water salinification. Many of these people could be forced to permanently leave these areas and migrate further inland.

Maria Romanello, lead author of the Lancet Countdown report, said:

“This is our sixth report tracking progress on health and climate change and unfortunately we are still not seeing the accelerated change we need. At best the trends in emissions, renewable energy and tackling pollution have improved only very slightly. This year we saw people suffering intense heatwaves, deadly floods and wildfires. These are grim warnings that for every day that we delay our response to climate change, the situation gets more critical. 

“Governments are spending trillions of dollars on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This gives us an opportunity to take a safer, healthier, low carbon path, but we have yet to do so. Less than one dollar in five being spent on the COVID-19 recovery is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the overall impact is likely to be negative. We are recovering from a health crisis in a way that’s putting our health at risk.  

“It’s time to realise that no one is safe from the effects of climate change. As we recover from COVID-19 we still have the time to take a different path and create a healthier future for us all.” [1]

Lancet Editorial adds, “The world is watching COP26—widely perceived as the last and best opportunity to reset the path to global net zero carbon emissions by 2050—and public interest in climate change is higher than ever, in part due to global youth activism and engagement…This year’s indicators give a bleak outlook: global inequities are increasing, and the direction of travel is worsening all health outcomes. Health services in low-income and middle-income countries are in particularly urgent need of strengthening…However, the future is not necessarily hopeless…Succumbing to the climate emergency is not inevitable.”


Key report findings

Just as the world is failing to deliver an equitable supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the data in this report exposes similar inequities in the global response to climate change. In general, it is the countries lowest on the human development index that are often least responsible for rising greenhouse gas emissions and are lagging behind in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts and in realising the associated health benefits of accelerated decarbonisation.

  • In 2020, up to of 19% of the global land surface was affected by extreme drought in any given month, a value that had not exceeded 13% between 1950 and 1999.
  • Climate change is driving an increase in the frequency, intensity, and duration of drought events, threatening water security, sanitation, and food productivity, and increasing the risk of wildfires and exposure to pollutants. The five years with the most areas affected by extreme drought have all occurred since 2015. The Horn of Africa, a region impacted by recurrent extreme droughts and food insecurity, was one of the most affected areas in 2020.
  • Climate change threatens to accelerate food insecurity, which affected 2 billion people in 2019. Rising temperatures shorten the time in which plants reach maturity, meaning smaller yields and an increased strain on our food systems. Maize has seen a 6% decrease in crop yield potential, wheat a 3% decrease and rice a 1.8% decrease, compared to 1981 – 2010 levels.
  • Average sea surface temperature has increased in the territorial waters of nearly 70% (95 out of 136) of coastal countries analysed, compared to 2003-2005. This reflects an increasing threat to their marine food security. Worldwide 3.3 billion people depend on marine food.
  • In 2021 the World Health Organisation found just over half of countries that answered to the Health and Climate Change Global Survey (37 out of 70) had a national health and climate change strategy in place, a similar proportion to 2018. Nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed said finances prevented them developing such a strategy, with others citing a lack of skilled people, being restricted by COVID-19 and lacking research and evidence.
  • Globally, climate change adaptation funding directed at health systems represents just 0.3% of total climate change adaptation funding.


This study was funded by Wellcome Trust. A full list of researchers and institutions is available in the paper.

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Michael in Dublin
October 21, 2021 6:08 am

The Lancet is a boil on the medical profession that needs be lanced.

The Emperor's New Mask
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 21, 2021 10:57 am

It’s not just The Lancet. The entire medical profession has exposed itself during this Covid-19 episode.

If there is one thing that I have learned these last 18 months it is that the medical profession (or “sickness industry” as I now prefer) is largely corrupt. Doctors (at least in the US) are trained by medical schools funded by the pharmaceutical industry and, as a result, are largely pill pushers. Non-profits are all about the money. Insurance companies are partners in maximizing expenditures. And leftist/statist politics drives decisions at all levels.

It would be wise to focus on educating oneself about health matters. Get your diet right, exercise appropriately, and listen to your body.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  The Emperor's New Mask
October 21, 2021 12:10 pm

All medical and scientific journals need to become transparent and identify with every article who peer reviewed it. This would help the public to identify the poorest reviewers and be able to expose and discredit them and the editors of these journals who allow this.

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Gerry, England
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 22, 2021 6:30 am

And who paid for it!!!

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 21, 2021 1:45 pm

My latest paper – now published:
by Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 21, 2021 10:28 pm

WordPress has made a hash of the last half of this paper – we’re working on it..

Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 23, 2021 3:25 pm

Here is a temporary publication link

Reply to  Allan MacRae
October 22, 2021 10:01 am

October 22, 2021 Cap Allon
“This event is shaping up to be one for the record books,” said the National Weather Service re the U.S.’ snow. Plus, the future is looking decidedly Totalitarian, and cold.

Peter Fraser
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 21, 2021 2:15 pm

Beautiful summation. I did not bother reading the Lancet report. The Lancet has changed from being a respected medical scientific publication to another
propaganda rag.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Peter Fraser
October 22, 2021 4:33 am

They are definitely a propaganda rag.

Here’s a quote from the article: “In 2018, 65 out of the 84 countries analysed by Lancet Countdown researchers”

This “Lancet Countdown”? What is that, a countdown to the end of the world? These guys really take themselves so seriously, all based on nothing at all. There is no evidence CO2 is going to do, or has done, anything they claim. Yet they spout all this BS (Bad Science).

Lancet = Doomsayers and scaremongers and conformers to the meme.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
October 21, 2021 8:42 pm

Hardly surprising! Don’t forget that fresh from her 10 year stint as Sec.Gen, of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres joined the Lancet in 2017 as Chair of its High Level Advisory Board, where her role is “to help guide the Lancet Countdown to maximize its impact and deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement”.

Despite never being elected, she has had immense influence over people’s lives, as she has many advisory roles worldwide. At a 2017 news conference in Brussels, she admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. She said:”This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

These people are ubiquitous, moving from one influential position to another, almost interchangeably, whilst few notice.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  alexei
October 22, 2021 4:42 am

“Good luck” with trying to transform our economic development model.

We like it the way it is.

What we need to transform is Leftist fuzzy thinking. We need to introduce the Leftists to the real world. Of course, that’s what we are trying to do here. It’s not an easy job as leftists resist havig their bubble burst.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 22, 2021 9:50 am

Not possible . Leftists are suffering from mental disorders which prevents them to think logically or even understand the difference between fact and brainfart.
BTW this is what leftists report about themselves:
(PDF) Mental illness and the left

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  alexei
October 22, 2021 4:42 am

Ten years ago I commented elsewhere about the pack of lies Christiana Figueres was telling when she was involved at COP 17 in Durban. She is either woefully ignorant or deliberately deceitful or perhaps both. It is utterly shameful that there are no good journalists pointing these out to her and publishing her responses or refusals to answer in the mainstream media.

Matthew Sykes
October 21, 2021 6:13 am


Richard Page
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
October 21, 2021 1:06 pm

100% correct. The ‘potential for … outbreaks is increasing’ along with the usual AGW misinformation is a clear indicator that this is complete speculation built on a badly flawed premise.

October 21, 2021 6:14 am

One thing that demonstrated that this study was off in green fantasyland was denouncing “subsidies” for fossil fuels. They are a favorite green unicorn, something that everyone has heard of but exists only in the imagination of the greens.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 21, 2021 7:00 am

In the minds of the left, the fact that they haven’t been taxed out of existence is proof that they are being subsidized.

Reply to  MarkW
October 21, 2021 1:53 pm

The oil and gas industry is the most taxed worldwide. In USA and other tax and royalty regimes, the country and state get 12-20% tax of gross revenue. If mineral interest is on federal or state land, government gets additional 12-30% of gross revenue. Then after products are refined, there are exorbitant taxes on products as gasoline. If oil and gas companies make profit after all this gross taxing, operating costs, and investment, they pay additional income tax.

The few legal deductions allowed for income tax are called “subsidies” by the greenies, in addition to theoretical damages for climate damage. This is a farce.

Subsidies conversation is a smoke screen. Who will pay for the roads, bridges, education… if or when the oil and gas industry goes away. Certainly not the windmill, solar panel, biofuel (which are heavily subsidized) or even coal, hydro and nuclear industries.

Follow the money. When oil and gas industry disappears, world will be in worse place with this over taxed cash cow gone.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  RelPerm
October 22, 2021 4:51 am

I just saw a report about California gasoline prices and they showed one pump was charging $8.50 for a gallon of premium gasoline.

Most places are paying $3 to $5 per gallon. So it looks like California is paying a lot more in gasoline taxes than other States, although that $8.50 price might be an outlier for all I know.

And Biden said last night he doesn’t see any way to get the gasoline prices down. Hey Joe, give Trump a call. He can tell you how to do it. I was paying less than $2 per gallon when Trump was in office. Now, the price is about $3.25 per gallon.

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Reply to  RelPerm
October 22, 2021 7:29 pm

In France train line are often made slightly below average ground level and the noise goes upward; sometimes high speed lines have to be built higher and the noise travels far away. This is a big nuisance as high speed trains are very noisy, on the full length of their travel (OTOH you can only hear airplanes when they are near the ground).

Is that nuisance a rail subsidy? Nobody to my knowledge has ever described it as one.

According to the modern subsidies theory, it should be.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 21, 2021 7:09 am

Yeah, I noted that also. Like…really? Subsidies? I mean we talk about them here in the US, and can show the different levels of tax breaks and actual subsidies for differing energy types, but globally? Wondering what their information is predicated on.


Reply to  ripshin
October 21, 2021 7:22 am

The claims of fossil fuel subsidies fall into two classes. One is deliberately not understanding cost and tax accounting, as fossil fuel companies are not treated any differently than other companies.
The second is to make up a “social cost of carbon” , and then claim that the companies are being subsidized by not paying said nonexistent tax.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 21, 2021 9:44 am

A third one is counting as subsidies, the gift of free gasoline, and energy by a few countries in Mid-east, possibly Venezuela. They do this since they are awash in fossil fuels and also to help keep themselves in power. But, it is a totally different kind of “subsidy” than for solar, wind, etc. It is a subsidy to the citizens of those countries, not to the companies.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 22, 2021 5:05 am

“as fossil fuel companies are not treated any differently than other companies.”

That’s the main point.

Windmills and Solar are the ones who get government subsidies, and are the ones treated differently, where the government actuallly pays money to these companies for one reason or another.

Fossil Fuel companies get no payments from governments, as alarmists imply. Instead, they pay money to the government in the form of taxes, just like every other company.

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  ripshin
October 22, 2021 1:58 am

The predication is based on Marxism, that all businesses of all sizes, are evil wicked capitalists out to oppress the workers of the world, & they believe most taxes are raised on the workers, the reality at least in the UK is that most of the tax burden falls upon Middle England, (the middle classes)!!!

alastair gray
Reply to  Tom Halla
October 21, 2021 8:27 am

When I have asked a greenie about what subsidies we in the oil induistry receive, and to give some examples they quote for the north sea-
1) Offsetting oil extraction expenditures against taxable revenue
2) Writing off depreciation of finite lefetime infrastructure against revenue
3) Tax hedging a sum set aside for abandonment costs

As far as I can see these are quite normal business expenses such as say a manufacturing plant -if we have any left would factor into its tax return.
Depletion allowance – which I think only applies in teh states migh cpnceivanbly be cponstrued as a subsidy. I dont know . Someone please enlighten me

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  alastair gray
October 21, 2021 9:13 am

Claiming “Fossil fuel subsidies” is merely a propaganda ploy.

It is similar to what one legislator would call write-offs and deductions to support responsible economic growth when crafting tax policy, and then calling them “loopholes for the rich” to score political points when addressing a public audience ignorant of what goes on with lobbyists on all sides.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 21, 2021 9:15 am

In leftist minds, doublespeak rules the day. Good is bad; whereas bad is good. Keeping the money you earned is a subsidy; whereas unearned money given for a certain action is not a subsidy. If someone dies soon after a Pfizer shot, it wasn’t the vaccine that killed him; whereas if someone dies a month after fully recovering from COVID-19 it was the virus that killed him.

What leftist call fossil fuel subsidies are really tax breaks. A subsidy is when the government pays you but a tax break is when you don’t have to pay the government. A subsidy is unearned but a tax break is earned. The left likes to dehumanize or demonize that which they abhor. They abhor people who think for themselves, so they use slurs like “anti-vax” or “racist” to dehumanize these people and thus make anything bad done to them righteous. They abhor companies that help people have liberty, so they demonize them and thus make anything bad done to them righteous.

It is all about control. And the last 18 months have shown me how easy it will be for the globalist to take over. People will thank the globalists while they are punching them in the gut and spitting in their face.

Reply to  Wade
October 21, 2021 9:43 am

It is all about control. And the last 18 months have shown me how easy it will be for the globalist to take over.

Last night I was thinking about this. These people who are screaming for more government control look at dystopian fiction like Logan’s Run and Hunger Games and scream about the oppression and root for the heroes, but in real life they support the oppressors. And they are utterly incapable of seeing that.

That is way beyond cognitive dissonance.

Reply to  TonyG
October 21, 2021 10:15 am

Without a doubt that is the direction we’re headed. All of the dystopian fiction seems to be utilized now by WEF, Davos, etc. as instruction manuals.

Repeatedly subjects come up, someone points out the dystopian aspect (vaccine passports as an example) and how it’s nothing but conspiracy theory. Twelve months +/- and here we are. The social credit score is coming, faster for some than others.

NASA disappearing/modifying data is straight out of 1984.

Reply to  Tom Halla
October 22, 2021 7:23 pm

There is a case that could be made that subsidies for some sources of energy are implicit support for other sources of energy, notably natgas. IOW Big Oil/gas is hugely subsidized, but only indirectly…

Barry James
October 21, 2021 6:30 am

Not at all surprising. Bureaucrats now run institutional organisations like the Lancet. In making their long march, the Marxists didn’t neglect such institutions. These bureaucrats are Marxist trained (many of them don’t even know it), they have the power to speak for the members of these institutions and they use it. They don’t care what their members might think.

Reply to  Barry James
October 21, 2021 8:49 am

…an example of Pournelle’s Iron Rule of Bureaucracy….

J Mac
Reply to  Barry James
October 21, 2021 10:01 am

It isn’t about ‘climate change’. It’s about socialist/communist change.

Reply to  Barry James
October 22, 2021 7:19 pm

Who the hell cares what “the Lancet”, whatever he is, says?
“The Lancet” isn’t an institution like the alphabet agencies. It’s just a medical rag!

October 21, 2021 6:36 am

Respond to climate change, an event has to happen for a response.

M Courtney
October 21, 2021 6:45 am

So do they take away the health impacts of fewer cold spells?

  • In 2021 the World Health Organisation found just over half of countries that answered to the Health and Climate Change Global Survey (37 out of 70) had a national health and climate change strategy in place, a similar proportion to 2018. Nearly three-quarters of countries surveyed said finances prevented them developing such a strategy, with others citing a lack of skilled people, being restricted by COVID-19 and lacking research and evidence.

That lack of research and evidence does not seem to constrain the Lancet.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 21, 2021 6:45 am

“In 2020, adults over 65 were affected by 3.1 billion more days of heatwave exposure than in the 1986–2005 baseline average. Chinese, Indian, American, Japanese, and Indonesian senior citizens were the most affected.”

This a very valuable metric, even though it is incorrectly phrased. It should say “…3.1 billion person-days of heatwave…”

So what is extremely relevant is the same metric for chronic underheating and extreme cold. What we will find looking at that metric is appalling in terms of the direction and magnitude for developed countries. Winter season excess deaths in the UK are up about 50% in the past 5 years due to the rising cost of energy. This winter, expect the situation to be even worse.

Something like 11% of all deaths in China are attributable to chronic underheating. Chronic underheating, defined by the WHO as a room temperature under 18C, is widespread in Asia, and of growing concern in the rich northern countries experiencing a rapid rise in the cost of energy, due primarily to government policies that deliberately do that.

Occasional articles posted at detail the appalling death rate during heat waves 100 or more years ago. Technology has largely eliminated this risk. When it comes to heat, adaptation is far cheaper than ineffective attempts at mitigation.

Now that we are entering a decades-long climate cooling phase we will see that adaptation is much more difficult than for warming. Check the price of food. Even a politically charged publication such as the Lancet will have to cover the drop in nutrition caused by crop failures due to early frosts and late springs. The damage in South America this year is amazing. Installing a heat pump will not grow food.

Oh, wait! The Lancet knows this already!

“We analysed 74,225,200 deaths in various periods between 1985 and 2012. In total, 7.71% (95% empirical CI 7.43–7.91) of mortality was attributable to non-optimum temperature in the selected countries within the study period, with substantial differences between countries, ranging from 3.37% (3.06 to 3.63) in Thailand to 11.00% (9.29 to 12.47) in China. The temperature percentile of minimum mortality varied from roughly the 60th percentile in tropical areas to about the 80–90th percentile in temperate regions. More temperature-attributable deaths were caused by cold (7.29%, 7.02–7.49) than by heat (0.42%, 0.39–0.44).”

The only thing helping the food supply during cooling is the relative abundance of CO2 compared with the last major turn-down 210 years ago.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 21, 2021 7:06 am

This single sentence in your comment is worth +10:
“When it comes to heat, adaptation is far cheaper than ineffective attempts at mitigation.”

Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 21, 2021 8:01 am

And do not forget the Industrial Revolution that Greta explicitly lately blamed for all her troubles. How dare farmers use the latest diesel haulers, harvesters, bailers, pumps, and synthetic ammonia fertilizer!!@!

Population back then 800 million, today, around 8 billion. Malthus, Galton, Darwin , Huxley and the Wellcome Trust simply cannot accept that.

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 10:20 am

It’s worth reading Norman Borlaug’s biography, if only for the first chapter that discusses the proportion of American’s directly involved in agricultural production on farm. Roughly 8/10 jobs were on farm. Currently, in Canada (and assuming same for U.S.) only 1 in 8 works in an agriculturally related field, the majority in urban centers working in regulation, sales, marketing etc. but not in actual production. That’s what Greta’s ilk is asking for without recognizing it.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  buggs
October 21, 2021 10:40 am

… the majority in urban centers working in regulation, sales, marketing etc. but not in actual production.

In other words, candidates for a one-way ticket on the ‘B Ark.’

Alan the Brit
Reply to  bonbon
October 22, 2021 3:53 am

True, the wealthy ruling intellectual elites could never accept such an appalling situation!!!

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 21, 2021 12:43 pm

It should say “…3.1 billion person-days of heatwave…”

I caught that too, che came to the same conclusion. Unfortunately for the narrative, however, 3.1 billion person-days is less than half a day per person on average. That’s not scary. half a day of ‘heatwave’ per year? That’s insignificant.

Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 21, 2021 1:53 pm

“Even a politically charged publication such as the Lancet will have to cover the drop in nutrition caused by crop failures due to early frosts and late springs.”


Alan the Brit
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
October 22, 2021 3:51 am

I read a little while back that the world actually produces enough food to feed the world’s population amply, the issue appears to be one of distribution, not food production, thanks to modern farming methods & practices, methods & practices the Globalists & their Useful Idiots want to see fail, in a Malthusian effort to cause mass murder, err, sorry, population reduction through food restrictions. I suspect that they’ve realised that the Greenalists wouldn’t accept the use of conventionally extracted or fracked natural gas to reduce the global populace!!! Thank goodness for CO2 or the world would up a certain unpleasant creek without a paddle!!!

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 22, 2021 8:06 am

if the Green activists wanted to do something really useful and beneficial for all mankind they would address the waste of good food and seek practical and cost efficient ways for better food distribution. Of course this would mean a lot of hard work which they seem to be allergic to.

October 21, 2021 6:51 am

After the Lancetgate scandal, I am still waiting for an apology from the Lancet, the modification of their proofreading procedure and a press conference on this point, the systematic verification of the data, the presence or absence of conflicts of interest, and possibly criminal prosecution.
Afterwards, we can talk quietly and in a “friendly way”.

Reply to  Dynamo
October 21, 2021 7:11 am

I think I missed this one. What is it in reference to?

Reply to  ripshin
October 21, 2021 7:54 am

2 Lancet retraction links posted nearby…

Reply to  ripshin
October 21, 2021 8:37 am

ripshin – I suspect Dynamo is referring to the publication of the fraudulent HCQ “study” last year that they had to retract.

Richard Page
Reply to  TonyG
October 21, 2021 1:13 pm

Either that or the fraudulent 1998 article “MMR vaccine causes autism” that they had to retract. The Lancet has a history of publishing such fraudulent studies.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Richard Page
October 22, 2021 3:58 am

I understood that the apparent rise in cases of autism was mostly if not entirely a result of better identification/diagnosis of the condition, & increasing the breadth of definition of it!!! How many other syndromes or conditions have been increased as a result in changes in defining said syndrome or condition???

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 22, 2021 8:18 am

I am baffled that so many children at school with me sixty years ago managed to “hide” their autism and ADD and cope in schools where there was no mollycoddling of children. Perhaps these only appeared from the eighties? Similarly many problems that are today linked to mental health were previously quite a normal part of life for most of us and did not need specialized treatments.

Twenty years ago I was infuriated when I learnt how much one of these experts had ripped off an elderly neighbor and his wife when all they needed was a good listening ear and a lot more hugs.

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October 21, 2021 6:56 am
Tom Abbott
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 22, 2021 5:29 am

Griff must be hiding in his closet. His whole world is falling apart. Instead of cutting coal out of the equation, humanity is scrambling to produce more coal.

At some point, reality intrudes.

October 21, 2021 6:59 am

Is there anyone who still takes the Lancet seriously?

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  MarkW
October 21, 2021 10:43 am

The editors and staff of the Lancet. Perhaps a few gullible green zealots.

Reply to  MarkW
October 21, 2021 8:16 pm

I thought it was Aprils Fool day joke or something from the onion but followed the link and they actually published that trash 🙂

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Andy Pattullo
October 21, 2021 7:05 am

As a physician I am dismayed that a once respected and responsible preeminent health sciences journal has abandoned science in favour of propaganda that aims to destroy modern society based on the myth of a climate emergency driven by human CO2 emissions. Where is the evidence? All of their claims about human health impacts are just predictions and indirect associations. Nearly every measurable aspect of human wellbeing (possibly excluding common sense) has been continuously improving while the global surface and low atmosphere has gently warmed a small amount. They talk about heat waves and ignore that cold is more deadly. They talk about decline in crop yield potential rather than reporting on the well documented increase in all crop yields with attendant decline in hunger. They are fabricating a nonexistent emergency. If we follow their lead we will destroy modern society and lose all the gains for both humans the environment we have achieved over many long decades of effort. Shame.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
October 21, 2021 8:34 am

Everything the marxist touch turns into shit.
It’s integral part of their system to desintegrate all other systems.

Reply to  SxyxS
October 21, 2021 9:52 am

The problem is, the marxist believe it’s gold, not shit.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 21, 2021 9:59 am

As long as the gold is redistributed to the marxists and the shit is given to everyone else, then there is no problem.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
October 21, 2021 12:45 pm

Not really.
The real Marxist (the most equal bilionaire animals that are behind marxism and pushing it)are not interesteded at all in living Marxist lifestyle.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  SxyxS
October 22, 2021 4:04 am

I’ve said it before, the world must become a Socialist dystopia, but the Socialism is not for the elites, it’s for the peasants, or ordinary people, many of who lead extraordinary lives for the benefit of mankind by achieving extraordinary things!!!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  SxyxS
October 22, 2021 4:02 am

Socialism seeks to destroy everything in its path that it disagrees with, only to replace that which it has destroyed with something similar but in a Socialist image!!!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
October 22, 2021 5:34 am

“They are fabricating a nonexistent emergency.”

Excellent comments.

October 21, 2021 7:10 am

And yet again leftards are all about using armed force to steal what others have and to force everyone to do what they command. No science, no morality, just like every time leftards get any power they kill all who refuse to submit.

October 21, 2021 7:27 am

I was out over the weekend in Waterloo. Packed tube trains, packed pubs and people having fun. Few masks visible and it was almost like it used to be. But we can’t have that. People not being afraid, so….

The (UK) medical establishment is demanding another lockdown – now.

In this paradigm, citizens pay National Insurance not use the NHS but to avoid using it – and therefore to ‘protect the [cult of the] NHS’.

Marc Morano is bang on when he points to the way public health is being twisted to include so-called CO2 induced climate change.

They have sent a lot of young people insane with it – good news for the psychologists and psychiatrists.

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Reply to  fretslider
October 21, 2021 8:58 am


rumours have it that England is facing a new kind of epidemic;
An “ar$$hole scratching” epidemic.

Rumours though, but maybe, if rumours true,


no surprise a new lockdown demanded again by your best health care ‘minds’…

Just only a query.
If you happen to know something!



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Reply to  whiten
October 21, 2021 9:22 am

They can’t even get that right

Reply to  fretslider
October 21, 2021 9:44 am


Thank you.

Reply to  fretslider
October 21, 2021 11:10 am

And the portion of the British population with covid 19 antibodies in the 90% + range

Reply to  H B
October 21, 2021 11:43 am

Interesting information.


Alan the Brit
Reply to  fretslider
October 22, 2021 4:12 am

Don’t worry, they’ll re-start the claims that anyone who denies Climate Change is suffering from a mental illness, & they’ll probably require locking up & institutionalised for their own wellbeing of course!!! I have been accused on numerous occasions of being a Climate Change Denier (or better still a Climate Denier, he, he!!!), but I have never come across such a beast who denies the Earth has a climate or that is changes every now & then!!! The true “Climate Deniers” are the warmists & their useful idiotic team mates!!!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
October 22, 2021 7:44 am

Alan, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a whole new section of “climate” related diagnoses in DSM-VI when it comes out. I could see “climate denial” being one of them.

October 21, 2021 7:36 am

Already looking sustainable to me –
Agriculture yields are up-
Poverty has decreased-
Life expectancy has increased-

Deaths from weather related disasters have declined-
planet and deserts are greening from the increase in CO2-

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  richard
October 21, 2021 12:48 pm

We have always been at war with Eastasia

Alan the Brit
Reply to  richard
October 22, 2021 4:14 am

Sorry, that’s the wrong kind of sustainability, the Elites want the opposite of those four metrics to be the case!!! 😉

Tom Abbott
Reply to  richard
October 22, 2021 5:39 am

What’s not to like?

Everything would be going along smoothly if not for the authoritarians trying to impose themselves and their insane ideas on the rest of us.

October 21, 2021 7:47 am

¨This study was funded by Wellcome Trust. A full list of researchers and institutions is available in the paper.¨

Have a look at the Wellcome Trust’s Eugenics archive here :
and note the founder also created GlaxoSmithKline.

A $25 billion endowment.
Looks like Lancet welcomes cash.

This Retraction—Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis

took mere weeks, but this :much longer :
Lancet retracts 12-year-old article linking autism to MMR vaccines

So they got caught at least twice…

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 7:50 am

The Wellcome Trust is run by Jeremy ‘Lockdown’ Farrar

Nuff said.

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 7:52 am

By the way the DOI link is invalid, and the Subject of Research is ‘Not Applicable’ ???

Jeff Corbin
October 21, 2021 7:50 am

The Lancet is just singing the Chorus Line of a Broadway Show that has been running since January 2020. One world power grab! This has been very transparent in the propaganda push that we have been consuming in all media formats both excursively and discursively The paradox is half the people don’t buy it and much of the other half wouldn’t buy it either, if they didn’t support it for political purposes. The Globalist Left, funded by the Globalist corporate elite is fomenting a one world revolution by disease/pandemic and climate proxies. And who could be leveraging the one world push for profit and power?. This is the key question. In the end, it is always about power and money.

Jeff Corbin
Reply to  Jeff Corbin
October 21, 2021 8:06 am

I began noticing most weather platforms on the internet and in broadcast meteorology including health issues like the spread of the flu issues since 2009 during the WHO’s failed H1N1 Pandemic .Uniting meteorological fear and disease fear has to be a propaganda/marketing strategy that originated sometime since the big global pandemic readiness push that began in 2006 Obviously, the spread of a contagion is not meteorology. Meteorology and Infectious disease are very strange bed fellow to say the least. Uniting meteorological risk with contagious risk is nothing more than a lame strategy to create a synergy of fear. This is the reason I stopped consuming anything meteorological except WUWT. I just don’t care about the weather… let it come. LOL

October 21, 2021 7:55 am

Perhaps The Lancet can explain to us just how expensive and intermittent energy supplies will improve global health outcomes compared to what exists now?

Reply to  DHR
October 21, 2021 8:38 am

The main goal is the reduction of world population by any means,
and the easiest ways to achieve this goal are philanthropy,necessity and doing good.

Reply to  SxyxS
October 21, 2021 1:16 pm

A Planned or controlled population. Both, actually.

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Thomas Gasloli
October 21, 2021 7:56 am

Let us keep in mind this is the same journal that published the ghost written letter by Daszak & Fauci claiming the COVID virus could not be a lab leak.

Lancet does not have any credibility.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Thomas Gasloli
October 22, 2021 5:58 am

Speaking of Fauci:

NIH Contradicts Fauci, Admits Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab

October 21, 2021 8:03 am

Climate change and its drivers are creating ideal conditions for infectious disease transmission, potentially undoing decades of progress to control diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, malaria, and cholera.

Proof Please. Show your work.

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Reply to  Neo
October 21, 2021 10:28 am

Worth the read. Made Reiter a big enemy though, fully labeled as a denier.

If you get bored, look into malaria rates in Texas and on the Mexico side of the same border. Might not be climate driving things…

October 21, 2021 8:07 am

Wonder if the tactic is – put out an obvious flawed report, and then retract? They seem to do this a lot.
Trick is, the damage is done even with a retraction.

Echo’s of Christopher’s Steel’s and previously Blair’s dodgy dossiers, refuted, but with major damage. Blair’s dragged Gen. Colin Powell into a war he knew, as did Pelosi admit, was based on lies.

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 8:45 am

Wonder if the tactic is – put out an obvious flawed report, and then retract?

The “News” (TV and print) has shown this to be a viable tactic, so why not? The retractions are barely noticed and everyone runs with the original.

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 8:51 am

The Iraq war that started with Bush, sustained by Clinton, then ended ended with Bush? Only to be saved and progressed as Iraq 2.0 by Obama into a transnational war from Tripoli to Kiev, and still Afghanistan.

Reply to  n.n
October 21, 2021 11:26 am

So what is truly recyclable is fake news, the stink of mass graves exponentially correlating with each step.

Reply to  bonbon
October 21, 2021 1:14 pm

Pretty much. Journalism/JournoLism is prone to exploitation for leverage. Mass graves from before birth and forward. Some are more visible than others. Some causes are worth more than others, even morally defensible.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bonbon
October 22, 2021 6:08 am

“Blair’s dragged Gen. Colin Powell into a war he knew, as did Pelosi admit, was based on lies.”

I beg to differ. I think Colin Powell sincerely thought Saddam Insane had Weapons of Mass Destruction, otherwise he would not have gotten up in front of the world and made the claims he did.

Saddam having WMD was a reasonable assumption at the time since all intelligence agencies from around the world thought the same thing, and this can be explained because Saddam actively tried to convince everyone he had WMD. Saddam’s own generals thought he had an active WMD program, and that was deliberate on Saddam’s part, too.

Powell was understandably upset when it turned out there was no active WMD program, which made him look like a liar to some people.

Colin Powell was not a liar. He was incorrect, but that doesn’t make him a liar.

Besides, Saddam Insane needed to be taken out. George H.W. Bush should have taken Saddam out the first time we went over there, when Saddam invaded Kuwait. And his son should have taken out the Mad Mullahs of Iran when he was over there. Leave madmen in place and what do you get? Lots more trouble. Guaranteed.

dodgy geezer
October 21, 2021 8:12 am

“The world is watching COP26—widely perceived as the last and best opportunity to reset the path to global net zero carbon ….

If only it could be the last…

George Daddis
October 21, 2021 8:23 am

Too bad Marc Morano didn’t have a copy of this article to hand to the brainwashed reporter the other day who wanted proof that there were well regarded experts who wished to apply COVID lockdown measures to the climate “Emergency”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  George Daddis
October 22, 2021 6:12 am

That’s what I was thinking. Here’s a perfect example of the alarmists trying to combine the two.

David Guy-Johnson
October 21, 2021 8:30 am

The editor of the Lancet is a dyed in the wool socialist

Rory Forbes
Reply to  David Guy-Johnson
October 21, 2021 11:02 am

In other words a brainwashed, non-functional idiot.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rory Forbes
October 22, 2021 6:13 am

A dangerous, brainwashed, non-functional idiot.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 22, 2021 9:51 am

Exactly! He’s dangerous because he’s already standing on a respected, public platform.

Gordon A. Dressler
October 21, 2021 8:31 am

So sad that I had to witness this in my lifetime:
The Lancet, a once highly respected journal of medicine, losing all integrity and credibility due to moving into the dark realms of today’s politics and the yet-to-be-quantifiably-defined topic of “climate change”.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” — H.L. Mencken


“If you can’t define something you have no formal rational way of knowing that it exists. Neither can you really tell anyone else what it is. There is, in fact, no formal difference between inability to define and stupidity.” — Robert M. Pirsig, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

Peta of Newark
October 21, 2021 8:55 am

Two words, to fix both climate and health

Crushed Basalt

James F. Evans
October 21, 2021 9:05 am

This seems like a set up to justify a “carbon” passport… at least from the headline.

Linking covid and carbon is a red flag.

In my opinion, part of the covid operation has been to set up a system to track individuals and generally increase surveillance.


Carbon allowance… net “zero” emissions equals rationing.

A collectivist dream.

willem post
October 21, 2021 9:43 am

Biden and his Socialist gang of thugs is hard at work dealing with GLOBAL inequities.
However, they are ruining the US in the process.

For decades, Joe Biden has been, and still is, a big-talking, bragging, plagiarizing, grifting and grafting, corrupt, glad-hander, who likes to sniff and feel other men’s women and children.

He has been near brain-dead for a long time.
He is totally ineffective at anything he does; even his mentor Obama agrees.
He ran for President 2 times and bowed out under pressure.

The third time, his Socialist gang of thugs told him to sit in his basement and was handed the presidency by means of widespread, massive election fraud practiced by Election officials in Dem/Prog-controlled counting centers in all swing states.

A Coup d’Etat perpetrated by Dem/Progs to gain centralized command/control over the federal government. See URLs

He is a puppet in the hands of Socialist idiots, who know not their belly buttons from a hole in the ground.

Biden and his handlers are zig-zagging from corner to post, created NOTHING BUT AWFUL RESULTS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY RUIN/WEAKEN THE US FOR A LONG TIME. 

Biden and his gang of US-destroying thugs, are actively encouraging about 1.5 million per year of illiterate, unskilled, inexperienced, ill-health, COVID-infected people, from all over the world, to just walk across the Biden-RECENTLY-OPENED US southern border. 

Then, after a few days of “processing”, they are spread throughout the US, by chartered planes, landing at far-away airports in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, to start a “new life” living off government programs, that are run by career Dem/Progs..

Their malfeasances amount to TREASON.


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Ed Fox
October 21, 2021 9:59 am

Climate Science has no good reason to deliver a working solution to CO2. They would be doing themselves out of a job.

It is a conflict of interests for Climate Scientists to both identify and solve climate problems. If climate scientists actually solved climate problems we would eventually no longer need climate scientists.

So, to ensue job security, climate scientists have a good reason to design solutions that don’t actually work to solve climate problems. Case in point, intermittent energy to replace fossil fuels.

Caligula Jones
October 21, 2021 10:12 am

I’ll add this to the bulging “how can I convince my paranoid friends we aren’t living in the prequel to 1984” file.

Or, as they say, “I need a re-up on my conspiracy theories…all my previous ones are coming true”.

Robert of Texas
October 21, 2021 10:28 am

Huh? Covid-19 and imaginary catastrophic climate change have NOTHING to do with each other.

And what huge fossil fuel subsidies are they talking about? I know about the huge solar and wind subsidies…

And by the way, how does “fighting climate change” have anything to do with equity? So there are three different unrelated subjects tangled up in this propaganda vomit.

Rud Istvan
October 21, 2021 10:38 am

The Lancet should stick to medicine. It is way outside its lane when opining on climate change. And their ignorance shows here.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Rud Istvan
October 21, 2021 11:07 am

In my opinion everyone who uses the term “climate change” (referring to a global climate) is demonstrating wilful ignorance. When one allows the ‘enemy’ to set the narrative (choose the battlefield) he will likely lose.

If you’re always playing defense, you can never win.

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CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Rory Forbes
October 21, 2021 12:50 pm

“When one allows the ‘enemy’ to set the narrative (choose the battlefield) he will likely lose. If you’re always playing defense, you can never win.”


Exactly what I keep saying Rory.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
October 21, 2021 1:07 pm

Which is why I use “leftist” instead of “liberal” – nothing liberal about this current crowd.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  TonyG
October 22, 2021 6:19 am

Me, too.

No, there is nothing liberal about the current leaders of the Democrats. They are radicals.

October 21, 2021 11:04 am

Headline in German news about Lancet “study”:

Researchers cry for help: hunger and epidemics could increase

Sorry, but 😀

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October 21, 2021 1:21 pm

When the Lancet hits rock bottom, they get a digging machine

Serge Wright
October 21, 2021 2:09 pm

All of this woke drivel is based on the false Marxist assumption that wealth in western countries is causing poverty elsewhere, but the reality is the complete opposite. Poverty is caused by totalitarian regimes and making the west poor will only lead to poor people becoming poorer as aid from the west dries up. Also, COVID vax would not exist if the west was made poor and destitute. Whilst this would equal equity, it is the worse case outcome for humanity and yet this is what these Marxist fools are seeking.

Ulric Lyons
October 21, 2021 3:09 pm

Covid policy is a tool for the climate agenda anyway, and this is further weaponisation of medicine by getting them to produce climate propaganda.

“In 2020, adults over 65 were affected by 3.1 billion more days of heatwave exposure than in the 1986–2005 baseline average. Chinese, Indian, American, Japanese, and Indonesian senior citizens were the most affected.”

That’s 4 days more per person, and which is meaningless as a single year against a 20 year average. 1934 or even 1540 could have had more, so it’s also meaningless in terms of long term warming.

October 21, 2021 5:45 pm

I remember in the 1970s when three of us got a paper published in Lancet. It was about bone grafting. I did the histology and the other two authors did the surgery.
I was proud of that.
Now many med journals are advocates for global warming/climate change/crisis etc. SAD!

Alan the Brit
October 22, 2021 1:03 am

I think here in the UK, the doctors do their best, however they are terrible diplomats! In 2010 when the current Conservative administration was elected to power, representatives of the British Medical Association (BMA) were in the Downing Street Cabinet Office, thumping the table demanding, not suggesting, not recommending, not advising, minimum pricing on alcohol for the peasants, presumably because they think anyone who isn’t a Doctor or Nurse (both professions renowned for their hard/good time partying), is a raving alcoholic or some such, yet at the same time, the BMA had an application to Westminster Borough Council for a 24 hour bar licence extension!!! Now, I fully understand that if ew here in the UK want a 24 hour Health Service, we need to staff it 24 hours per day, & a doctor coming off duty at 9am after a gruelling 12 hour shift fancies a drink before heading home, I understand that, but the timing was embarrassing for them!!! An accidental case of DAISNAID!!! (Do As I Say Not As I Do)

Andy H
October 22, 2021 1:25 am

Is the lancet, a paper for one of the richest groups in society, pushing communism now? I look forward to them saying that doctors should be paid the same as the average wage to “reduce inequities”.

Joseph Zorzin
October 22, 2021 3:47 am

What subsidies do fossil fuel companies receive? I doubt there are any. I think the critics mistake real expense claims as subsidies.

October 23, 2021 11:02 am

Just exactly are “ economic and environmentally sustainable COVID-19 recovery plans”?

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