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.
Briefing: The impact of climate change on mental health and emotional wellbeing: current evidence and implications for policy and practice
Helping our health while healing the planet: experts identify nine things we can do to combat climate change and improve our wellbeing.
Read our briefing on the co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the UK, which considers what issues the UK public are concerned about, and how action on climate change can help to address them.
Explore our work
From air pollution to infectious disease, find out more about a selection of our research projects on environmental change and health.
Climate Cares is a collaboration that aims to understand and support mental health in the current climate and ecological crises.
NExAir - Air Quality Network
This network of excellence brings together researchers from across Imperial to deliver insights and identify the next frontiers in air quality.
Extreme weather and warmer temperatures
This research area focuses on the health effects of extreme weather events, from heatwaves to flooding.
Academics / Publications
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Grantham Institute briefing papers provide background and advice on key climate change and environment issues.
Read Grantham Institute publications about health.