Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It

Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It

Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It

Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

This is a book about complexity—the complexity of humanity’s predicament at the start of the twenty-first century. the predicament is easy to state, hard to understand, and perhaps hardest to solve. With nearly seven billion people on the planet producing and consuming at an unprecedented rate, humanity is deranging the world’s ecosystems and threatening the survival of our own species and millions of other species with which we share the planet. How we are doing that is a scientific detective story of the first order, told with brilliance and relish by one of the world’s great ecological detectives. What we are going to do about this remains hidden in the fog of complexity. the answers here are incomplete and may be wrong in many specifics. However, this fascinating book is important because it is a cry to take our survival seriously and to address it from the vantage points of science, ethics, and a moral commitment to the most vulnerable among us.

Paul Epstein is a pioneer of the new complexity. His intelligence, commitment, and perseverance have helped to change the way we employ science to serve society, and to alert the world to our harrowing risks. Readers will be entranced, edified, and inspired by Epstein’s journey, which began when he was a young medical doctor learning the basics of tropical health in Mozambique and has carried him to the forefront of earth-systems science. Ever since that early start, Epstein has displayed the traits of a great scientific problem solver. He is both practitioner and theorist. He brings his erudition to problems but allows the problems . . .

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