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Forcefully points out the consequences to human health of ongoing degradation of Earth's ecosystems. The author examines current ecological disruptions - land degradation, ozone depletion, temperature increases, and loss of genetic diversity through the extinction of species - and demonstrates their potentially disastrous results.
`Everyone who is concerned about leaving a negative legacy to future generations should read this book' - Ecology
'... a remarkably comprehensive book on the threats to man of environmental change ... A book to read now, for the 21st century.' David Sharp, The Lancet '... everyone who is concerned about leaving a negative legacy to future generations should read this book.' Ecology 'This is a book relating in a lucid and convincing way how the fabric of life-supporting mechanisms of our planet is starting to unravel. Teacher or student, scientist or nonscientist, health or environmental scientist - all can learn from Planetary Overload about the issues that face our species and its institutions.' American Journal of Epidemiology 'Planetary Overload is a thought-provoking, excellent addition to the literature on global environmental health issues for medical and public health students as well as for practising environmental and health professionals.' Medicine & Global Survival 'Planetary Overload is skilfully written: an accomplished, eclectic book which draws fruitfully on historical, biological, ecological and epidemiological knowledge. This is certainly a challenging and erudite book and very worth reading.' Epidemiology Unit
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