368 pages, 23 b/w photos, 17 b/w illustrations, 2 maps
Climate change is now doing far more harm than marooning polar bears on melting chunks of ice--it is damaging the health of people around the world. Brilliantly connecting stories of real people with cutting-edge scientific and medical information, "Changing Planet, Changing Health" brings us to places like Mozambique, Honduras, and the United States for an eye-opening on-the-ground investigation of how climate change is altering patterns of disease. Written by a physician and world expert on climate and health and an award-winning science journalist, the book reveals the surprising links between global warming and cholera, malaria, lyme disease, asthma, and other health threats. In clear, accessible language, it also discusses topics including Climategate, cap-and-trade proposals, and the relationship between free markets and the climate crisis. Most importantly, "Changing Planet, Changing Health" delivers a suite of innovative solutions for shaping a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century.
This book provides a useful and interesting introduction to this still unsettled segment of the climate debate.
- Natural Hazards Observer
"This eye-opening book reveals how climate change alters patterns of disease and contributes to many of the world's most serious human health threats."
- Taste For Life Magazine
"Throughout, this book emphasizes complex interactions and highlights unintended consequences. It identifies solutions-- some drastic-- and refutes, with impressive evidence, political/financial efforts to deny climate change and discredit climate scientists. . . . Highly Recommended."
"A landmark book that will raise our consciousness. . . . shows how we can heal the earth, and ourselves."
- Al Gore
- Publishers Weekly
"An engaging book on climate change and public health."
- American Scientist
"Absorbing and informative."
- National Catholic Reporter
"A harrowing look at the road ahead that should urge immediate, proactive change."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Makes it clear that the health threats from climate change are here, and need immediate coordinated effort to keep in check."
- E! the Environmental Magazine
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Paul R. Epstein, MD, MPH, (1943-2011) was Associate Director of the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and a medical doctor trained in tropical health. He contributed to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dan Ferber is a contributing correspondent for "Science" magazine. His feature articles have appeared in many publications, including "Popular Science", "Audubon", and "Nature Conservancy".