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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This book centers on outcomes from human-induced changes in the global climate system and stratospheric ozone. It focuses on adaptation strategies pertaining to Europe.
Purpose: It aims to identify populations and ecosystems vulnerable to climate change; review current measures, technologies and other issues pertinent to improving adaptive capacity; identify for European populations the most appropriate measures; and provide estimates of the health benefits of various protective strategies.
Audience: A diverse audience can be expected, one embracing the geographic science and public health communities. Technically, the book's primary audience can be anticipated as scholars, but I wouldn't sell it short. Climate, including climate change, affects everyone.
Features: The book is organized in major sections including current and potential climates in Europe, assessment methodologies, observed impacts of extreme weather, impacts of climate change on water, food and vector-borne diseases, adaptation measures, adaptive capacity, economic valuation and trends in European population health.
Assessment: This is a conveniently sized book that provides a very good, epidemiologically-framed approach to understanding the public health impacts of climate change. Despite its emphasis on European concerns, I still found it useful for planning in my own community.