Changing Planet, Changing Health (Hardcover)

How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It

By Paul R. Epstein, Dan Ferber, Jeffrey Sachs (Foreword by)

University of California Press, 9780520269095, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2011

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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.

About the Author

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.

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

“If ever there was a book that ought to be on everybody’s reading bucket list this is it.”

“A harrowing look at the road ahead that should urge immediate, proactive change.”

“Makes it clear that the health threats from climate change are here, and need immediate coordinated effort to keep in check.”

“An eye-opener ”

“Because human health is 'the bottom line' at which the many adverse consequences of climate change will converge, Changing Planet, Changing Health is an excellent corrective for climate-change myopia.”

“Absorbing and informative.”

— Rich Heffern

“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.”