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

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The human species faces a new threat to its health--perhaps to its survival. Our burgeoning numbers, the spread of technology, and our conspicuous consumption are overloading Earth's capacity to replenish and repair itself. Taking a unique perspective, Planetary Overload forcefully points out the consequences to human health of ongoing degradation of Earth's ecosystems. In a broad-based, accessible analysis, A.J. McMichael examines current ecological disruptions--land degradation, ozone depletion, temperature increases, and loss of genetic diversity through the extinction of species, among others--and compellingly demonstrates their potentially disastrous results, including food shortages, new and intensified disease patterns, rising seas, mass refugee problems, and cancers, blindness, and immune suppression from increased ultraviolet radiation. While other books on the subject analyze only the environmental impact of these problems, McMichael takes his analysis to an entirely new and disturbing extreme: he relates each of these insidious processes back to its ultimate impact on human health. He thoroughly considers these problems--and their scientific uncertainties--within a broad evolutionary, biological, social, and economic context. He also explores the underlying problems contributing to environmental breakdown, especially the relations between the world's rich and poor. This eloquent and alarming book will be of intense interest to environmentalists, public health professionals, policy makers, environmental studies and human ecology scholars, and anyone wishing a lucid, rational assessment of today's pressing ecological concerns. A. J. McMichael is the chair of the Australian Government's Environmental Health Committee and the co-author of The LS Factor: Lifestyle and Health (Penguin, 1987).

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Increasing population and consumption, and the spread of technology, are overloading Earth's capacity to replenish and repair itself. In this eloquent and alarming book, A. J. McMichael examines the likely impact on human health of the ongoing degradation of our planet's eco-systems.

Synopsis:

The human species faces a new kind of threat to its health - perhaps to its longer-term survival. Burgeoning numbers, 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. Where most studies of these phenomena have limited their analysis to the environmental consequences, A. J. McMichael brings a broader evolutionary, biological, social and economic perspective to bear on the ecological disruptions which threaten the wellbeing of our own species.

Synopsis:

The potentiallly disastrous results of current ecological disruptions--land degradation, ozone depletion, temperature increases, and loss of genetic diversity through the extinction of species--are examined in this accessible analysis of the effects of global environmental change on the health of the human species.

Synopsis:

An examination of the likely impact on human health of the destruction of the earth's eco-systems.

Synopsis:

The human species faces a new kind of threat to its health - perhaps to its longer-term survival. Burgeoning numbers, 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. Where most studies of these phenomena have limited their analysis to the environmental consequences, A. J. McMichael brings a broader evolutionary, biological, social and economic perspective to bear on the ecological disruptions which threaten the wellbeing of our own species. 'A book to read now, for the twenty-first century.' The Lancet 'Everyone who is concerned about leaving a negative legacy to future generations should read this book.' Ecology

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. First things; 2. The ecological framework; 3. The health of populations; 4. System overload: ancient and modern; 5. Population increase, poverty and health; 6. Greenhouse warming and climate change; 7. The thinning ozone layer; 8. Soil and water: loaves and fishes; 9. Biodiversity: forests, food and pharmaceuticals; 10. The growth of cities; 11. Impediments I: conceptual blocks; 12. Impediments II: relationships; 13. The way ahead; Glossary; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521457590
Author:
McMichael, A. J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
McMichael, Anthony J.
Author:
McMichael, A. J.
Author:
Anthony J., McMichael
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Public Policy
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental health
Subject:
Dentistry - General
Subject:
General Medical
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Epidemiology
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Canto original series
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 b/w illus. 12 tables
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
8.98x6.28x.95 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Increasing population and consumption, and the spread of technology, are overloading Earth's capacity to replenish and repair itself. In this eloquent and alarming book, A. J. McMichael examines the likely impact on human health of the ongoing degradation of our planet's eco-systems.
"Synopsis" by , The human species faces a new kind of threat to its health - perhaps to its longer-term survival. Burgeoning numbers, 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. Where most studies of these phenomena have limited their analysis to the environmental consequences, A. J. McMichael brings a broader evolutionary, biological, social and economic perspective to bear on the ecological disruptions which threaten the wellbeing of our own species.
"Synopsis" by , The potentiallly disastrous results of current ecological disruptions--land degradation, ozone depletion, temperature increases, and loss of genetic diversity through the extinction of species--are examined in this accessible analysis of the effects of global environmental change on the health of the human species.
"Synopsis" by , An examination of the likely impact on human health of the destruction of the earth's eco-systems.
"Synopsis" by , The human species faces a new kind of threat to its health - perhaps to its longer-term survival. Burgeoning numbers, 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. Where most studies of these phenomena have limited their analysis to the environmental consequences, A. J. McMichael brings a broader evolutionary, biological, social and economic perspective to bear on the ecological disruptions which threaten the wellbeing of our own species. 'A book to read now, for the twenty-first century.' The Lancet 'Everyone who is concerned about leaving a negative legacy to future generations should read this book.' Ecology
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