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Fevered: The Coming Chaos of Climate Change--and What a Hotter Planet Means for Our Health Kindle Edition

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As the world gets warmer, “we’ll live sicker and die quicker.” Marsa nimbly navigates the topic of global warming and confirms the connection between climate change and disease. A hotter Earth triggers or worsens a variety of illnesses, including asthma, heat stroke, heart disease, and a multitude of infections. “The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, worldwide over the past three decades, 150,000 people a year have died as a result of a warming planet—mainly from increased mortality due to higher rates of malaria, diarrheal diseases, and floods—and that five million cases of illnesses can be attributed to it annually, too.” A sweltering planet means a drier future, with grave implications for our food, water supply, and air quality. The year 2012 was the hottest in recorded history. Phenomena like derechos (severe widespread windstorms) and haboobs (wind-driven walls of dust) are no longer rare. Marsa forecasts a “medical meltdown,” for as Earth heats up, public health systems around the world will be overwhelmed. A megadose of preventive medicine for our planet is needed. Sobering, informative, and essential reading. --Tony Miksanek

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"When temperatures rise, diseases thrive. Marsa, a contributing editor at Discover magazine, warns that global warming is ushering in a new era of medical crises for which we’re ill-prepared....Crammed with statistics, interviews and gruesome but fun facts, 'Fevered' make its case with plenty of hard evidence."—The New York Times Book Review

"Linda Marsa’s Fevered is a brilliant look at where we’re headed with climate change, and how we might lessen the damage, with changes that are well within the bounds of the possible. By examining disasters like the Dust Bowl, and building upon successes, like Vancouver and other livable communities, she makes the case that our fate is not sealed. We can make a change, if we act today."—Ed Begley, Jr.

"There's nothing abstract about climate change: As Linda Marsa makes clear, it's already reshaping the world in which each of us lives, and not in healthy ways!"—Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist and founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign

"As we’ve seen in communities across the nation, climate disruption is costing us our homes, our health, and our lives. In her book, Linda Marsa rightfully acknowledges the critical need to set limits on pollution and invest in greener infrastructure. But she also presciently envisions what a resilient public health system could look like—offering a hopeful vision of preparedness for the future."—Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council

"Linda Marsa uncovers what may be the most important, but largely overlooked, impact of climate disruption--the potential for profound effects on our health and that of our children."—Dr. James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

"By turns disturbing and inspiring, Marsa tells two compelling stories in Fevered. She shows us that climate disruption has already begun to damage our health. She also makes clear that it's not too late to reshape our future by adopting clean energy and embracing smart conservation practices that are already bearing fruit in unlikely places."—Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

"A must-read for anyone who cares about the future and environmental justice, Fevered combines riveting real-life stories with cutting-edge science to paint an alarming picture of the disastrous toll climate change is already taking on the average American. Doing nothing is not an option, and Marsa draws our attention to innovative solutions that can put our country on a path to sustainability for both our health and environment."—Maxine Waters, US Congresswoman  

"Another well-written and persuasive wake-up call for serious action to be taken against the consequences of global warming."—Kirkus

"Fevered is a timely reminder that society appears largely to be failing to prepare our health and public health systems for the risks associated with continuing climate change. In it, Marsa calls for American leadership to establish a worldwide “medical Marshall plan” against rising temperatures she finds will have a devastating effect on human health. Marsa’s engaging style and her liking for meticulous research help build a well-written, compelling narrative."—Lisa Palmer, The Yale Forum on Climate Change

"Linda Marsa lays out one of the most under-appreciated consequences of climate change — the real and present  threat to public health — with a powerful combination of vivid narrative and sound science that's unlike anything I've ever read. She makes it scarily clear that climate change is harming real people, in real places, right now."—Michael D. Lemonick, Writer at Large, Climate Central and lead author of Global Weirdness.

"Marsa nimbly navigates the topic of global warming and confirms the connection between climate change and disease. A megadose of preventive medicine for our planet is needed. Sobering, informative, and essential reading"—Booklist

"For decades, the science on climate change has been compelling and urgent. This book is a clarion call to stop the distractions of disputing the science when the personal and ecological consequences are so devastating.  Marsa calls for immediate action and I hope it galvanizes good old American know how."—Dr. David Susuki


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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160529201X
  • Publisher: Rodale (August 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFU6284
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MRBILL69 on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating look at how climate change is drastically changing our world. Dangerous diseases like dengue fever that once were considered tropical diseases are now showing up in southern states due to global warming. This is a MUST READ book. If everyone read this book, we would all be on the same page as it relates to our out dated health care system. Hospitals usually keep their back-up generators in the basement, which as it turns out, is the WORST place to keep them, particularly in flooded areas such as New Orleans during Katrina and NY/NJ during hurricane Sandy. When the power goes off and the generators are supposed to kick in, they immediately go off line due to the advancing waters. End result, people die. This is compelling reading. I read it all in one day. Marsa looks at all the different health issues as they relate to clean water, clean air, sustainable cities and how we can save ourselves if we take action now. The personal narratives are at times heartbreaking. Well researched and annotated. No wonder her writing was selected as Best Science Writing for 2012.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Ricketts on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Climate change is not some distant event that someone else will need to deal with. It is real and it is happening now.

As the planet warms, each year will see increased drastic weather conditions including wide spread drought, larger hurricanes, floods and a year round fire season. These conditions will cause widespread famine, upticks in diseases and mass causality events affecting hundreds of millions of people around the planet. The result in both monetary and humanitarian costs to the world's health care systems could push them to the brink of collapse. Is it already too late to stem the tide?

Noted Science author Linda Marsa, has put all the pieces of a complex puzzle together in her well researched book "Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health--and How We Can Save Ourselves".

This must have book is both frightening and thought provoking for everyone but especially anyone involved in health care. It is the proverbial canary in the coal mine in regards to the health effects of climate change. Unfortunately, the canary is already on the bottom of the cage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy Herman on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Drought, floods, hurricanes and super-storms, killer heat waves and wildfires: The bad news has been beating down on you for the last few years. Climate change is happening now, and maybe it's too late to stop it, so you throw up your hands. "We'll move north and raise bananas in Manitoba," you quip.

But "Fevered" quashes that fantasy. The weather isn't the only thing that's fevered. Marsa documents the link between a warming planet and the spread of disease - from mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and West Nile fever to fungal killers like Valley Fever.

Scary as this news is (and Marsa's experts supply the hard data to back it up), you won't look away. Compelling human stories -- of disaster survivors (and those who were lost), passionate but hardnosed researchers and inventive people with ideas to halt the climate juggernaut - make this a page-turner and a call to action
Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- and how we can save ourselves
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angie Robinson on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've read a slew of scientific accounts of the coming challenges of climate change, but none have touched upon the inevitable health risks to humanity like this one. Fevered entangles scientific fact with medical discovery in a striking way. The author, Linda Marsa, explores this reality, and (while I found myself both scared and enthralled) once turning the final page, I felt called to action.

I recommend this book for those aware and passionate about climate change, those confused and unsure about climate change, and those who have interest in the medical repercussions of drastic environmental change. I learned so much from the book, and was captivated by the narrative of the people Marsa interviewed.

My only word of caution to the reader is one completed, you'll feel no choice but to take action and adjust your lifestyle! There's still a chance to save ourselves, "But we can't waste another minute."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This kept me riveted to the page from beginning to end. Although I have long been interested in and deeply concerned about climate change and its impact on our planet, I had honestly never given a whole lot of thought to the health implications. That's not totally surprising as this aspect of climate change has largely been ignored in the media. Linda Marsa has done an excellent job on setting that straight and once you read what she has to say, you will find it hard to ignore this topic any longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Copperhead on August 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Marsa has a keen eye for detail, a knowledgeable scientific voice and an investigative reporters' gift of getting to the essence of the impending crisis of global warming. One of the best books I have ever read on this subject. It should be required reading for every elected official.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat H. Broeske on August 22, 2013
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"Fevered" may leave you sweating...with its chilling examination of how global warming is affecting our health.

Leading medical, health & science writer Linda Marsa takes us on a sobering road trip, to destinations including the Depression-era Dust Bowl, the European heat wave of 2003 (52,000 people dead), a New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the drought and flood-ravaged Queensland, Australia...and more...to chart the changes that are impacting our planet--and our health.

She talks to experts and to ordinary people whose lives have been altered by what's happening to their environment; she presents staggering statistics and studies. And, she sheds light on how we (that's you, and me)--can work to turn things around.

This isn't presented like a scholarly (read: off-putting) treatise. The writing is accessible; the material exceedingly well-organized. The book's message is also clear; we better act now--today--or there may not be a tomorrow.
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