How can considering public health and air pollution issues raise ambition on climate change?

9 December, 2019
Madrid, Spain


COP 25, Room 4

This event will discuss how countries from around the world can integrate actions to mitigate climate change with solutions to public health challenges, like air pollution, in ways that will simultaneously boost NDC ambition and achieve public health goals. This event was co-organized by the CCAC and the Grantham Institute, Imperial College, London.  

See here for a full list of CCAC events at COP25


  • Johan Kuylenstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute (chair) | @JKuylenstierna  
  • George Thurston, NYU School of Medicine | @ProfGThurston  
  • Amparo Martinez, INECC Mexico | @amparomtza 
  • Ange Benjam Brida, Cote d’Ivoire  
  • Paolo Vineis, School of Public Health, Imperial College London 
  • Katie Ross, World Resources Institute 

Speaker Bios:

Johan Kuylenstierna

Johan is a Research Leader at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), a member of the Global Research Committee of SEI, and a Reader at the University of York, UK. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Key areas of interest relate to atmospheric issues, and his current focus is in the integration of strategies to address climate change and air quality, in particular those associated with strategies to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). He is leading the development of an SLCP strategy support tool – LEAP-IBC used by different countries and cities to plan their emission reduction strategies as part of the CCAC initiative on Supporting National Action and Planning (SNAP) on SLCPs. 

George Thurston

George is a tenured Professor of Environmental Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Professor Thurston’s research has focused on the human health effects of air pollution on children, including the Backpack Study of the effects of diesel air pollution on children with asthma in the South Bronx, NY and effects of industrialized air pollution in Cubatao, Brazil, in addition to larger studies of pollution effects in the ACS and NIH-AARP Cohorts. He recently led the development of the 2017 ERS-ATS Statement on What Constitutes an Adverse Health Effect of Air Pollution. Dr. Thurston first spoke on the topic of the potential human health co-benefits of clean air from climate mitigation action at the COP5 meeting in 1999. 

Paolo Vineis

Professor Paolo Vineis is Chair of Environmental Epidemiology at Imperial College London and a leading researcher in the fields of molecular epidemiology and NCDs. He is engaged in policy-making as Vice-President of the High Council of Health (Consiglio Superiore di Sanita’, advisor to the Health Minister) in Italy, and as a member of Cancer Prevention Europe (affiliated with Cancer Mission Europe). 

Katie Ross

Katie Ross is an Associate with the Climate Program at World Resources Institute. Her work focuses on strengthening commitments under the Paris Agreement – and specifically on NDCs and long-term strategies. Katie co-leads WRI’s engagement with the CCAC.

Event contact

Tiy Chung,
Communications Officer
+33 6 26 71 79 81
Tiy.Chung [at]
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