Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and the Health of the Human Species / Edition 1

Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and the Health of the Human Species / Edition 1

by Anthony J. McMichael
     
 

Our increasing populations, conspicuous consumption and the spread of technology are overloading Earth's capacity to replenish and repair itself. This eloquent and alarming book examines the likely impact on human health of the ongoing degradation of the planet's ecosystems. See more details below

Overview

Our increasing populations, conspicuous consumption and the spread of technology are overloading Earth's capacity to replenish and repair itself. This eloquent and alarming book examines the likely impact on human health of the ongoing degradation of the planet's ecosystems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521457590
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Canto Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1First things17
1.2Biological origins19
1.3Life on a restless planet26
1.4Future prospects34
2The ecological framework39
2.1Environmental and ecological perspectives39
2.2Non-linear systems47
2.3Ecological ideas in human culture50
3The health of populations56
3.1Persons, populations and public health56
3.2Health, wealth and environment66
3.3Human health within an ecological framework72
3.4Estimating the effects upon population health75
4System overload: ancient and modern82
4.2The decline of ancient civilisations84
4.3The human diet: 'evodeviation' and health87
4.4Energy use: environmental sources and impact95
4.5Acid rain98
4.6Environmental pollutants and ecosystems102
5Population increase, poverty and health108
5.2Human ecology and population growth113
5.3Controlling population and alleviating poverty122
6Greenhouse warming and climate change132
6.1Climate change132
6.2Climate change and human health143
6.3Politics of climate change167
7The thinning ozone layer174
7.1The ozone layer174
7.2Direct health effects of increased ultraviolet radiation exposure181
7.3Indirect effects upon human populations194
8Soil and water: loaves and fishes203
8.1Soil: source of sustenance203
8.2Intensive agriculture212
8.3Food: hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition215
8.4Agriculture, food and health: other aspects222
8.5Water resources225
8.6Fewer fish for food?231
9Blodiversity: forests, food and pharmaceuticals238
9. 1The benefits of biodiversity238
9.2Biodiversity and human health243
9.3Destruction of the world's forests252
10The growth of cities259
10.1Urbanisation and social change259
10.2Urbanisation and human health266
10.3The future: designing cities for healthy living283
11Impediments 1: conceptual blocks294
11.2A lack of distance vision295
11.3The limitations of neoclassical economics298
12Impediments 2: relationships313
12.1Relations between rich and poor countries313
12.2Power relations and the Global Commons318
13The way ahead326
13.1Science: dealing with uncertainty326
13.2Policy initiatives332
13.3Social and political relations334
Glossary339
Index342

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