Global Commission on Pollution + Health

Click here for the full Commission on Pollution and Health report and summary.

Commission Overview

The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancetthe Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  The Commission comprises of many of the world’s most influential leaders, researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development. 

The Commission on Pollution and Health analyzes and communicates the massive scope of the health and economic costs of air, water and soil pollution. Through analyses of existing and emerging data, the Report reveals pollution’s severe and underreported contribution to the Global Burden of Disease. It uncovers the economic costs of pollution to low- and middle-income countries, and compare the costs of inaction to the costs of available solutions. It informs key decision makers around the world about the burden that pollution places on health and economic development, and about cost-effective pollution control solutions and strategies.

Commission Partners

The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and best known medical journals, publishing a weekly journal and nine monthly specialty journals in the fields of global health, diabetes and endocrinology, oncology, haematology, neurology, psychiatry, respiratory medicine, infectious diseases and HIV.

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) is a collaborative body that facilitates the provision of technical and financial resources to governments and communities to reduce the impacts of pollution on health in low- and middle-income countries. GAHP members include World Bank, European Commission, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, Asian Development Bank, ministries of environment and health from around the world, and a host of civil society organizations. The non-profit organization Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute) is the Secretariat of GAHP and coordinates the work of the Commission. 

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is an international leader in medical and scientific training, biomedical research, and patient care. It is the medical school for the Mount Sinai Health System, which includes seven hospital campuses, and has more than 5,000 faculty and nearly 2,000 students, residents and fellows. 

Crowdsourced Pollution Reporting via Global Pollution Map

The Commission on Pollution + Health  invites you to submit more detail about the pollution concerns in your community, and additional images, by visiting and clicking on “Add Your Pollution Story.”

The Commission wants to know, through your words and images, how pollution has changed life in your community over the past 30 years.

  • Has globalization, economic and industrial growth brought increased pollution and changed local life?
  • Ask your community elders or grandparents for their perspective and old photos.
  • What did your area look like before these changes?
  • How has pollution altered the health issues you, your family, and your community are dealing with?
  • What are your concerns for the future?
  • Has any pollution been controlled or cleaned up in your neighborhood or village?
  • What impact did that have?
  • What remains to be cleaned up?
  • What do you want world leaders to know about your environmental concerns?

Entries will be displayed via a map and shared with leaders around the globe.