A brilliantly crafted, readable anatomy of an insidious but powerful threatair pollution. Choked exposes the trade-offs and abuses that have left us breathing unhealthy air and also offers moving portraits of the clean air champions who are fighting back.
"The stories Gardiner tells in Choked paint a compelling picture of a critical issue. Air pollution blights too many lives. Choked weaves together science, politics, and economics to show us the progress we’ve made toward healthier air and the work that still lies ahead.
"With gripping stories and a keen understanding of science, Gardiner traces air pollution’s insidious impact on our bodies. Choked is chock full of frightening tales from places such as Krakow, London, Delhi, and California's San Joaquin Valley. Yet you’ll come away breathing a little easier, knowing that with the right choices we have the tools to make the world a healthier place for our children and grandchildren."
"Air pollution is a worldwide problem that we cannot ignore. Ranging from China, India, USA, and the UK, this book provides a readable and informative survey of the dangerously poor quality of the air we all breathe.
"At a time when we urgently need environmental policies that safeguard the health and well-being of all, Choked illuminates the political and technological battles and victories that have determined what is in the air we breathe. Written with the profound wonder that defines the most engaging scientific narratives and with the deep concern that comes from being a parent, this book is a personal journey to the heart of one of our planet’s most pressing problems.
"Weaving her curiosity as an investigative journalist with the concern of a parent (and human), accomplished journalist Beth Gardiner’s debut book Choked is an eminently readable exploration of air pollution across the globe. Taking her investigative skills from Delhi to Poland to LA and beyond, she brings back stories about how we are fundamentally foulingand can savethat most essential element: the air we breathe.
Choked literally breathes life into the struggle for clean air in the US and across the world. Gardiner is a masterful storyteller who makes the science understandable and introduces us to the scientists and policymakers who uncovered the dangers of air pollution and drove solutions that have saved millions of lives. This book doesn’t just make air pollution personal, it brings hope to all of us who remain in the fight for cleaner air and a stable climate.
"This important book tells so many touching stories from bold voices from all over the world, each making it clear that we can no longer accept air pollution and the devastation it causes, especially when the solutions are so close at hand. Clean air is a human right and every breath matters."
Choked is a deeply reported and powerfully written account of an invisible global health crisis. Gardiner takes us on an eye-opening journey that packs an emotional punch, but also offers valuable lessons from scientists, politicians, and ordinary people fighting for cleaner air.”
Some seven million people will die prematurely this year owing to the effects of air pollution. Gardiner travels to some of the smoggiest places on earth to explore this grim statistic and explain what can be done to alter it. Choked is a compelling book about a critical subject.”
Choked is an extraordinary history of the air we breathe. Brilliantly reported and beautifully written, it takes us on a global tour that illuminates what's at stake when we fail to prioritize people’sand the planet’shealth. Gardiner sheds myths, wrestles with moral complexity, and reveals the social injustices that make air pollution a danger that both connects and divides us. Along the way, her candid interviews sketch an inspiring blueprint for how to move forward in one of our most elemental battles.”
With Choked, Gardiner renders the oft-invisible assault of air pollution on our lungs and cities not just visible but gripping. Whether describing the people she meets in her search to understand the problem and its solutions or discussing the science, politics, and social issues surrounding dirty air, Gardiner is a deft reporter and a vivid storyteller. Choked should be required reading for anyone breathing today.
What are we doing to our lungs by burning fossil fuels? That's the profound question that this engaging book answers, traveling the world from Los Angeles to London, Beijing to Berlin. Air pollution is an insidious and often invisible threat, which makes it easy to overlook. But you will learn just how dangerous dirty air really isand what we can do to clean it upin this illuminating tale.
"Choked is a timely and potent look at the health threat air pollution poses around the world. The book’s focus on life’s most basic functionbreathingmakes dirty air’s dangers both tangible and immediate. Gardiner has turned the fight for clean, healthy air into a compelling tale of the progress we’ve made and the work that still lies ahead.
Choked is a vital book, both deeply reported and emotionally powerful. Gardiner tells a sweeping, global story that also hits close to home, making the threat dirty air poses to every one of us frighteningly clear. As engaging as it is important, this book is a must read for anyone hoping for a healthier future.
Gardiner, an environmental journalist based in London, researched and experienced a variety of air quality issues while interviewing scientists, activists, and affected residents around the world. Her debut is meant to raise awareness of air pollution as a global public health issue since it leads to the premature deaths of thousands of people each year but is often overlooked. The author reports from cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, London, Krakow, Los Angeles, Beijing, and Berlin along with the country of Malawi. Each visit highlights a different aspect, from diesel fumes to coal smoke. Other chapters cover the passage of the U.S. Clean Air Act and the struggle to regulate vehicle exhaust. Gardiner states that although air quality is being improved in many places, foul air is still causing health problems and shortening lives. She concludes that government environmental agencies are essential to safeguard public health, that the benefits of operating agencies far outweigh the human costs, and that providing clean air will help mitigate the effects of climate change. Endnotes support the author's statements. VERDICT Environmentalists, concerned citizens, and students will find this book helpful in comprehending the extent of this ongoing issue.—David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., BC