The Health Practitioner's Guide to Climate Change: Diagnosis and Cure

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There are enormous health benefits from tackling climate change. This book provides an introduction for health practitioners and students to climate change and its current and future health impacts. It describes the relationship between health and the environment, gives facts and figures on greenhouse gas emissions and sets out the huge benefits to health of acting on climate change. The authors explain what health practitioners can do at home, at work and in their organizations, and how they can advocate for policies at all levels of government; how to make health services sustainable; how to design healthy, sustainable communities; and how to support action in communities, nationally and globally.

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Editorial Reviews

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'A wake-up call for doctors and other health professionals'
Professor Ian Gilmore, President, Royal College of Physicians

'Climate change is the greatest public health disaster facing us today and one that requires action at local, national and international level - Only by firm and decisive action now - can we, as a global community, hope to avert or mitigate an impending public health catastrophe of immense proportions.'
Presidents of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the British Medical Journal

'This comprehensive book is a valuable resource to help NHS leaders get a firm understanding of the issues and challenges ahead.'
Steve Barnett, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation

'The health of the planet and the health of people are inseparable. This guide makes this vital connection.'
Dr Vandana Shiva, renowned environmentalist and author

'By thinking holistically, nurses as trusted professionals can be a powerful voice in limiting climate change, a serious threat to human health.'
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing

'This book ...will be invaluable to Directors of Public Health and other public health practitioners in their efforts to highlight the pressing need to conserve global resources and to use them in ways which limit adverse environmental impacts such as climate change.'
Dr Frank Atherton, President, Association of Directors of Public Health

'The focus of this book on health and the threats that climate change poses to it must be embedded in the political debate, in strategies to change how we live and in how we plan for the future.'
Stephen Battersby, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

'This is an excellent book and worthwhile reading for every health professional including managers at the top of organisations for a very reasonable price. Our local politicians should also read a copy.'
The Ulster Medical Journal

'The editors have skilfully constructed a very readable and interesting book on a topic that cannot fail to arrest the attention of even the most cynical climate change observer.'
Occupational Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844077281
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Griffiths is a former health service manager and chief executive who now works independently.

Mala Rao is Director of the first Indian Institute of Public Health, based in Hyderabad.

Fiona Adshead was previously the deputy chief medical officer in the Department of Health for England and the chief government adviser on Health Inequalities.

Allison Thorpe is a Senior Research Associate at Brunel University.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors and Authors VII

Foreword Dr R. K. Pachauri XII

Acknowledgements XIV

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations XV

Introduction Sir Andy Haines XVIII

Part I Information 1

1 Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Hard Facts Felicity Liggins 3

2 Climate Change is Deadly: The Health Impacts of Climate Change Mala Rao 33

3 Health and the Natural Environment David Stone 63

4 The Health Benefits of Action on Climate Change Ian Roberts 87

Part II Action 109

Introduction to Part II Fiona Adshed 111

5 Leadership: How to Influence National and International Policy Mike Gill Robin Stott 119

6 How to Help to Plan a Healthy, Sustainable, Low-carbon Community Hugh Barton Marcus Grant Philip Insall 154

7 How You Can Make a Real Difference Lindsey Stewart Alan Maryon-Davis 197

8 How to Help People to Change Behaviour Lucy Reynolds Allison Thorpe 225

9 How to Take Action in the Community Jenny Griffiths 245

10 How to Help Organizations to Take Action Jenny Griffiths Lucy Reynolds 264

11 How Health Services Can Act David Pencheon 295

12 How to Prepare for the Health Effects of Climate Change Giovanni Leonardi 329

Resources 355

Index 363

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