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Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do About It (Anglais) Broché – 12 juin 2012


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HASH(0x8d79000c) étoiles sur 5 Informative Book! 24 juillet 2011
Par Book Shark - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Changing Planet, Changing Health by Paul R. Epstein, MD, and Dan Ferber

"Changing Planet, Changing Health" is an excellent book about how climate change harms our health now , and how it will devastate us in the future unless we transform society and our global economy. This insightful 368-page book is composed of the following thirteen chapters: 1. Mozambique, 2. The Mosquito's Bite, 3. Sobering Predictions, 4. Every Breath You Take, 5. Harvest Trouble, 6. Sea Change, 7. Forests in Trouble, 8. Storms and Sickness, 9. The Ailing Earth, 10. Gaining Green by Going Green, 11. Healthy Solutions, 12. Of Rice and Tractors, and 13. Rewriting the Rules.

Positives:
1. A comprehensive topic that was well researched.
2. Engaging prose and accessible for the masses.
3. Written with passion and conviction this book reads like a well crafted novel.
4. The authors rely on sound science and their love for this planet to share some very important information.
5. Great use of charts, illustrations and even great photos that further engages the reader into the topics of the book.
6. This great book emphasizes the direct impact climate change has on our species, namely on our health.
7. Great wisdom throughout this book.
8. Great explanation of systems theory, and how it plays a vital role in addressing global issues.
9. The fascinating story of cholera researcher Rita Colwell. Kudos to her!
10. The importance of rain forests.
11. A medical look at illnesses, epidemics and their relation to climate change. Great stuff!
12. A historical look at the term greenhouse effect.
13. So how do humans contribute to climate change? Find out in a comprehensive manner.
14. The impact of El Niño, and why is it called that?
15. So many great examples. The authors do a wonderful job of taking the reader to different parts of the world like Mozambique and Honduras. They proceed to explain with a luxury of details how climate change impacts their environments and how illnesses arise as a result of it.
16. How big oil (as I like to call them) and their money purposely confuse the public by creating a global warning controversy. Global warmer deniers.
17. Cholera, malaria, dengue, lyme disease, asthma, oh my...
18. Great tidbits of knowledge throughout, did you know Rubisco is the most common protein on Earth? You do now.
19. The wonders of evolution never ceases to amaze me. Some great examples...
20. The impact of global warming and our food source.
21. The link between our ocean and our health.
22. Oysters, a keystone species, who knew?
23. Coral reefs and how they are being threatened.
24. Whitebark pine, another keystone species, find out why.
25. What part of the U.S. has been hit the hardest by global warming...find out.
26. We need more people like Dr. Juan Almendares.
27. Global warming and links to extreme weather.
28. Politics and its impact on how we deal with global warming. Some insightful stuff, including scandals.
29. What factors can cause climate to change rapidly?
30. Our living planet a unique look.
31. The impact of global warming and economics.
32. Why nuclear energy, clean coal and biofuels are not good for people.
33. Chicago as a work in progress in turning itself into a green city.
34. Keynes enormous influence through his proposed method of economic development, the Third Way.
35. The uncoupling of the value of the dollar to gold and its impact. Interesting.
36. How deregulation impacted our economy. The Washington Consensus.
37. How we can address our problems. Many excellent guidelines.
38. The web of relationships.
39. Policies for sustainability.
40. The links worked great.

Negatives:
1. Some people might be turned off by the politics but I consider it necessary and integral part of the book.

In summary, what an excellent and informative book. Insightful, educational and inspirational. This book's unique perspective on health was a much needed contribution to climate change and much thanks go out to these wonderful people for writing such a great book. Get this book, I highly recommend it!

Further recommendations: " The Weather of the Future" by Heidi Cullen, "The Crash Course" by Chris Martenson, "Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather" by Mike Smith, "Merchants of Doubt" by Erik M. Conway, "Science Under Siege" by Kendrick Frazier, and "Storms of my Grandchildren" by James Hansen.
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HASH(0x8d790258) étoiles sur 5 Deeply informative, highly readable 20 avril 2011
Par Siri Carpenter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What a revelatory book this was. I knew about some of the ways in which climate change threatens human health and safety, but had no idea of the breadth and scope of those dangers, or of the ways in which some are interconnected. Epstein and Ferber paint an impressively--if frighteningly--detailed picture of the health menace that our planet's inarguably changing climate poses. And somehow they transform this dauntingly complex material into something that is a pleasure to read, with the tangible human dimensions of the problems (and some solutions) evident on almost every page, from a Kenyan mother's desperate fight to rescue her deathly ill daughter from malaria contracted in a region once deemed "malaria-free," to the daily grind of a graduate student whose work in a Midwestern experimental soybean field aims to address the question of whether and how, in the face of increasing CO2 levels, we will be able to grow enough food to feed the planet. But Epstein and Ferber don't just present problems and then leave us with the depressing sense that we've long since passed our chance for redemption. Although they're clear that modern wants and needs have brought us to a dangerous precipice ("Again and again, we want too much, waste too much, and fail to consider the consequences," they write), they also propose thought-provoking solutions which I only hope will capture both the public's and the policy makers' serious attention.
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HASH(0x8d790498) étoiles sur 5 Compelling, Convincing, Constructive 27 avril 2011
Par Jeanne Erdmann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Epstein and Ferber have done a masterful job of connecting the dots between climate change and health, from a malaria epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, to airborne soot in Harlem where doctors at a local hospital care for asthma patients. I had an idea that climate change can harm health but had no clue how seemingly unrelated events from day-to-day choices combine to harm our environment and thus our health. The book is 299 pages, and includes an epilogue to last year's Deepwater Horizon explosion. It reads like an adventure story packed with researchers chasing epidemics and with determined citizens looking for ways to reduce their dependence on electricity. One of the sections that struck me most was the chapter on "Storms and Sickness". The Midwest has had more than its share of tornados this year. After a tornado touched down one half mile from our property a few days ago, I went back and reread this section trying to imagine how our lives would have changed if the trajectory of those horrific winds had shifted just slightly. People everywhere live with weather extremes. Droughts, hurricanes, and floods leave destruction in their wake and also unseen but powerful pathogens in raw sewage, in drinking water that needs to be boiled. Page after page of such information could leave the reader feeling helpless and hopeless but the authors close the book by fully outlining a clear and hopeful way forward in which all of us can join. Epstein and Ferber, through eloquent writing, compelling stories, and prodigious reporting bring both an immediacy and urgency to an issue critical to our continued existence.
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HASH(0x8d79063c) étoiles sur 5 Changing Now! 19 juillet 2011
Par Loretta J. Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Clearly, compassionately and compellingly told.

Medical doctor Paul R. Epstein and science journalist Dan Ferber share stories of intrepid curiosity and commitment to finding the roots to public health dilemmas facing the globe and its people. We learn of the enormous number of indicators that we as humans have passed the point of disruption in the globe's system of checks and balances. We learn, too, of the politics of climate change and the possibilities for alternative policies for the public good.

Dr. Epstein tells of his experiences as a young tropical medicine doctor in newly-independent Mozambique in the 1970s, and how that led him to serving often marginalized communities in Greater Boston; and those combined experiences led him on to studies in public health, research collaborations, brainstorming sessions across disciplines and sectors. Now at the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard, Dr. Epstein tells inspiring stories of research efforts against the odds all across the continents, designed to learn why the increased occurrences of extreme weather, deforestation, infectious disease epidemics driven by exponential climate changes showing up in unexpected places and populations.

The authors speak of gatherings of interdisciplinary colleagues and sectors, and democratically shaped alternatives to the crises we face as human beings and global citizens. Particularly appealing to me was the worldview of the writers: non-US triumphalism. I learned much about what scientists and public health workers -named and credited throughout - are doing in Honduras, Bangladesh, Canada, Kenya, Mexico and the like. Kudos to the authors for making me feel that I was in the audience with them as they participated in the important summits that have taken place over recent decades. And for making the book accessible and a fascinating read for non-scientists such as me.

This is a must read - you'll want to pass the book on to friends and colleagues.
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HASH(0x8d790a14) étoiles sur 5 a physician's viewpoint, not a politician's 28 juin 2011
Par Meg Sumner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
While he does get into some political issues towards the end, for the most part the focus is on what happens when the earth gets too warm. It's not simply warmer weather that is the issue, and it certainly doesn't go away when a large winter snowfall appears. Rather, he analyzes the data related to weather change. Areas that receive more heat than usual obviously have a drought. But where does that water go that heated up? It's not gone forever, but is evaporated up and into weather systems (water weighs much more than air) that dump that water somewhere else, leading to widespread flooding and furious storms. Dry ground can lead to wildfires, which the resulting smoke can actually alter weather patterns, making the imbalances continue.

The pattern of extra water and invasive flooding sets up a domino effect in plant and animal life, and these combine with pathogens to exacerbate the change. What Dr. Epstein shows is what happens next: viruses appear that were dormant or unheard of regionally before. Excessive plant growth alters feeding patterns of animals, causing less (or more) of them and thus further altering the previous balance.

His point is clear and crosses political lines. Focusing on the delicate and fragile balance of the Earth's ecosystems, he shows how change perpetuated by pollution, poor resource management, and greed make for very real consequences in terms of health. Asthma and allergies are only some of the results-major infectious diseases run wild when an ecosystem is out of balance.

It could be a dry read, but it isn't...anecdotal stories and hard data make it lively and potentially scary. When one CDC expert goes to testify before Congress, she has most of her testimony redacted to prevent offending some of the audience. How can the problem be solved if no one gets to hear the truth about it?

One website features an interesting interview with the author, wherein he suggests the political polarizing option of a slight (ACK! The horror!) tax increase to raise funds for better infrastructure. In addition, he makes the case for the way European manufacturers have to prove the safety of their product-a far different stance than the US method. It's an interesting article. [...]

Just for a kick, NASA has some fascinating charts with average land and ocean temperatures here: [...].
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