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The Health Practitioner's Guide to Climate Change: Diagnosis and Cure

Edited By: Jenny Griffiths, Mala Rao, Fiona Adshead and Allison Thorpe

256 pages, index, tables, figures


Paperback | Sep 2009 | #179642 | ISBN-13: 9781844077298
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Hardback | Sep 2009 | #179641 | ISBN-13: 9781844077281
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About this book

There are enormous health benefits from tackling climate change. This book provides an introduction to the links between climate change and health and provides practical guidance for health students and practitioners from all sectors.

The first part of the book describes the relationship between health and the environment, gives facts and figures on greenhouse gas emissions and sets out the huge benefits to health of acting on climate change. The second part describes what health practitioners can do at home and at work, how to make health services sustainable, how to design healthy, sustainable communities and how to support action in communities, nationally and globally. The book also provides information on how to help others change their behaviour to reduce their carbon emissions and improve their health. Short sections with summary boxes and diagrams enable students and busy practitioners to dip into areas of interest, such as transport, or buildings, or food and health.

Key themes, such as the reduction of social and health inequalities, and the economic case for action, permeate the whole book. There is also a resource section highlighting key sources of further information on specific topics and sources of evidence on health and climate change linkages.

'A wake-up call for doctors and other health professionals' Professor Ian Gilmore, President, Royal College of Physicians 'Climate change is the greatest public health disaster facing us today and one that requires action at local, national and international level - Only by firm and decisive action now - can we, as a global community, hope to avert or mitigate an impending public health catastrophe of immense proportions.' Presidents of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the British Medical Journal 'This comprehensive book is a valuable resource to help NHS leaders get a firm understanding of the issues and challenges ahead.' Steve Barnett, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation 'The health of the planet and the health of people are inseparable. This guide makes this vital connection.' Dr Vandana Shiva, renowned environmentalist and author 'By thinking holistically, nurses as trusted professionals can be a powerful voice in limiting climate change, a serious threat to human health.' Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing 'This book ...will be invaluable to Directors of Public Health and other public health practitioners in their efforts to highlight the pressing need to conserve global resources and to use them in ways which limit adverse environmental impacts such as climate change.' Dr Frank Atherton, President, Association of Directors of Public Health 'The focus of this book on health and the threats that climate change poses to it must be embedded in the political debate, in strategies to change how we live and in how we plan for the future.' Stephen Battersby, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health 'This is an excellent book and worthwhile reading for every health professional including managers at the top of organisations for a very reasonable price. Our local politicians should also read a copy.' The Ulster Medical Journal 'The editors have skilfully constructed a very readable and interesting book on a topic that cannot fail to arrest the attention of even the most cynical climate change observer.' Occupational Medicine


Foreword; Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I: The Need to take Action on Climate Change and Health; 1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions - The Hard Facts; Felicity Liggins, Climate Change Consultant, The Met Office; 2. Climate Change is Deadly - The Health Impacts of Climate Change; Mala Rao, Director, Indian Institute of Public Health; 3. Health and the Natural Environment; David Stone, Principal Specialist, Environment and Health, Natural England; 4. The Health Benefits of Action on Climate Change; Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Part II: Act Now - Help to Create a Healthy, Low-Carbon Future; 5. How to Take Action Yourself; Alan Maryon-Davis, President, Lindsey Stewart, Policy Officer, Faculty of Public Health; 6. How to Help Organisations to Take Action; Jenny Griffiths, Co-Convenor, Health and Sustainable Development Network and Lucy Reynolds, Project Manager, National Social Marketing Centre; 7. How Health Services Can Act; David Pencheon, Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit; 8. How to Help to Plan a Healthy, Sustainable, Low-Carbon Community; Hugh Barton and Marcus Grant, University of the West of England, Phil Insall, Sustrans; 9. How to Help People to Take Action - Behavioural Change; Lucy Reynolds, Project Manager, National Social Marketing Centre and Allison Thorpe, Senior Research Associate, Brunel University; 10. How to Take Action in the Community; Jenny Griffiths, Co-Convenor, Health and Sustainable Development; 11. How to Advocate for National and International Action; Mike Gill and Robin Stott, Co-Chairs, Climate and Health Council, with Fiona Adshead, World Health Organisation; 12. How to Prepare for the Health Effects of Climate Change; Giovanni Leonardi, Consultant Environmental Epidemiologist, Health Protection Agency; Resources section.

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Jenny Griffiths is Joint Co-ordinator of the Health and Sustainable Development Network. Fiona Adshead has been Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and a Director General in the Department of Health since 2004. Mala Rao is Professor of Public Health at the University of Essex. Allison Thorpe is Senior Policy Manager at the National Social Marketing Centre.

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