Global Observatory on Planetary Health

Air, water, soil, and chemical pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths per year.

We're working to change that.

Boston College has established the Global Observatory on Planetary Health to track efforts to control pollution and prevent pollution-related diseases. Collaborating with the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we're focused on the impact of pollution upon issues including children’s health and adolescent health, cardiovascular disease and death, cancer, and the loss of “human capital” caused by toxic pollutants that impair brain function in children. Priority toxins to study include asbestos, lead, and mercury.

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The program in Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College will align closely with BC’s educational and spiritual missions because public health is deeply rooted in a philosophy of social justice and ethics, strives to eradicate inequities in health, and embodies a preferential option for the poor.
Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., professor, program director