Our environment is under massive stress from centuries of human industrialization. The projections regarding climate change for the next century and beyond, even hewing a path between pessimistic extrapolators and wide-eyed optimists, are grim. Short-term economic considerations and the challenges of grasping the science behind complex processes remain the biggest hurdles to advancing the discussion and tackling the problems. Politics, special interests, and relentless consumerism muddy the waters, such that inertia to frequently becomes the most resulting course of (in)action. The authors enrich the discussion and bring human health to the foreground. Many of us have concerns about the effects of climate change on Earth; this book adds the essential related issue of human health. Their writing will enlighten readers about the most important aspect of one of the greatest challenges of our time. By weighing in from a physician's perspective, the authors aim to clarify science, dispel myths, and help the reader understand the threats of climate change to human health.
No better argument exists for persuading people to care about climate change than a close look at its impacts on our physical and emotional well-being. The need has never been greater for a grounded, informative, and accessible discussion about this topic. In this groundbreaking book, the authors strike an intellectual chord as well as an emotional hot button by showing that our disregard for the environment has already had and will continue to have profound health consequences for us all.