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The Lancet Planetary Health- new open access journal

We are delighted to introduce you to the inaugural issue of The Lancet Planetary Health, a journal that will join The Lancet Public Health and The Lancet Global Health to provide a third pillar in an open-access programme covering the interplay between health and the determinants of health in our living and physical world.

What is planetary health? And what kind of science will this new journal be seeking? In The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, planetary health was defined as the health of human civilisations and the natural systems on which they depend.

To explain this idea in simpler terms we need to think of human beings as a powerful and growing force behind the environmental change that we are witnessing today. Alterations to climate, water, land and ecosystems are challenging all life on our planet, with serious implications for human health.

The way we think about the planet needs to be revised, as does the approach we take in interacting with it. Planetary health is therefore a new interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. It aims not only to investigate the effects of environmental change on human health, but also to study the political, economic, and social systems that govern those effects.

Cover image volume 1, Issue 1