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Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk, What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family
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Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk, What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family

by Cindy Parker M.D., Steven M. Shapiro Ph.D.
 

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ISBN-10: 0275998584

ISBN-13: 9780275998585

Pub. Date: 08/30/2008

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

Why should we care about climate chaos and global warming? Because, among other risky outcomes, they may seriously harm our health! Scientists around the world are in agreement that global warming, more aptly named climate change, is occurring and human activity is the primary cause. The debate now is in the scientific and policy worlds about just how harmful

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Why should we care about climate chaos and global warming? Because, among other risky outcomes, they may seriously harm our health! Scientists around the world are in agreement that global warming, more aptly named climate change, is occurring and human activity is the primary cause. The debate now is in the scientific and policy worlds about just how harmful climate change will be and what are the best ways to stop it. One of those scientists is author Cindy Parker, who believes climate change is the most health-damaging problem humanity has ever faced. Parker has thus immersed herself during the past ten years in educating the public and health professionals about how climate change will affect our well-being. Here, she and husband, Steve Shapiro, a psychologist and former journalist, describe what we can expect if climate change continues unabated. The authors explain our possible physical and mental responses to such climate change factors as heat stress, poor air quality, insufficient water resources, and the rise of infectious diseases fueled by even minor increases in temperature. They also show how other changes that may result from climate change-including sea level rise, extreme weather events, and altered food supplies can harm human health. Parker and Shapiro have found, however, that just talking about the problem is not enough. Actions that can prevent or reduce climate change's harm are presented in each chapter.

To illustrate how much global warming will affect our lives, Parker and Shapiro begin their book with a chapter showing the worst-case scenario if climate change continues without intervention, and end the book with the best case scenario if we act now. Their eye-opening work will appeal to everyone who wants to remain healthy as we challenge this world-altering problem of our own making . While written for a lay audience in a manner that limits technical terminology, the book will also appeal to students and professionals of public health, medicine, environmental psychology, and science who will find the focus on health and the extensive referencing useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275998585
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2008
Series:
Public Health Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Climate Change Tale

Chapter 2: Climate Chaos: What May Come

Chapter 3: Home is Getting Hotter

Chapter 4: Air: Breathing Harder

Chapter 5: Water: Water, Water Everywhere or Neverthere

Chapter 6: Cataclysmic Events: Pounding People and the Planet

Chapter 7: Infectious Disease: Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites, Oh My

Chapter 8: Food: Natures Bounty Bashed

Chapter 9: Ecosystem Health: Cycles of Life or Death

Chapter 10: Human Behavior: Choice to Change

Chapter 11: Epilogue

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