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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 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

Synopsis:

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:

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

Table of Contents

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 1: conceptual blocks; 12. Impediments 2: relationships; 13. The way ahead; Glossary; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521558716
Subtitle:
Global Environmental Change and the Health of the Human Species
Author:
McMichael, A. J.
Author:
McMichael, Anthony J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Environmental health
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
General Medical
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Canto original series
Publication Date:
19950928
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 line diagrams 12 tables
Pages:
370
Dimensions:
8.51x5.34x1.06 in. .85 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.
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