Environmental change poses a major challenge to human health in many parts of the world. The effects of global warming frequently exacerbate the impacts of existing inequality, instability and natural events. Sea level rise, drought, air pollution and ecosystem degradation can lead to significant health impacts, affecting both the incidence of chronic conditions and the spread of infectious disease. Drawing on expertise from across the College and beyond, work focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive environmental change and tracking their impact on human health. We apply this knowledge to reduce or manage health risks by devising local solutions to help communities adapt to change, but also promoting evidence-based policy development at a regional and national level.
Medical experts from 27 institutions and inter-governmental organisations, including Imperial College London, have warned about the risk to human health from climate change. The report, The Lancet Countdown, is calling for urgent action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
A new report, authored by scientists from Imperial College London, shows that the six trillion cigarettes produced yearly impact the environment through climate change, water and land use, and toxicity.
Explore our work
From air pollution to infectious disease, find out more about a selection of our research projects on environmental change and health.
Air pollution: Exposomics
The Exposomics project studies the health effects of exposure to air pollution and water contamination.
Extreme weather and warmer temperatures
This research area focuses on the health effects of extreme weather events, from heatwaves to flooding.
Infectious disease ecology
Researchers at Imperial are studying the role of global environmental change in shaping infectious disease risks.