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Planetary Overload: Global Environmental Change and the Health of the Human Species Paperback – November 26, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0521457590 ISBN-10: 0521457599 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521457599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521457590
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...lucid and convincing...this is a book with built-in appeal to epidemiologists...inviting, informing, and enabling us to face and begin to be effectively involved in the strategies for the future of our neighborhoods, our countries, and our species." American Journal of Epidemiology

"...well articulated and argued...an excellent basic framework--ecological, evolutionary and historical--of the human species and our social and economic activities. This alone makes the book an excellent addition to the literature. Planetary Overload is a thought-provoking, excellent addition to the literature on global environmental health issues for medical and public health students as well as for practicing environmental and health professionals." Medicine and Global Survival

"...the book is interesting, readable, and thought provoking." Bill D. Roebuck, International Environmental Affairs

"...skillfully written: an accomplished, eclectic book which draws fruitfully on historical, biological, ecological, and epidemiological knowledge...a very worthwhile book...challenging and erudite and very worth reading..." International Journal of Epidemiology

"The scholarly journey undertaken by A.J. McMicheal in this book is profound, broad and a bold attempt to shift public-health theory and practice onto firmer ecological ground...A strength of this book is the way the author places environmental and public-health issues in an historical and geographical context...it forces the reader to think of the interconnectdedness of natural systems, and the complex and perhaps unpredictable effects on human health that disturbances in these inter-linked systems may have." Aleck Ostry, Annals

"In discussing a variety of environmental threats, the book does a good job of exploring many important issues in a single work." Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Quarterly Review of Biology

Book Description

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.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Musil on August 4, 2001
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Dr.Tony McMichael, author of numerous IPCC and WHO reports on climate change, has here assembled an astounding array of information on the human species and how we have come to put our own health and the planet at risk. Designed for the general reader, though authoritative, Planetary Overload makes an ideal item for your personal bookshelf or for assignment in college classes.
McMichael is particularly good at putting human health in a social context since many current threats are on a population basis and fueled (literally) by human consumption, production, and population.
Planetary Overload presents a useful and interesting overview on human evolution, the connection between health and wealth in various countries,a section on global climate change and its direct and indirect health effects from heat, extreme weather events,the spread of infectious disease and the like. There are also startling summaries of the effects of urbanization and forest destruction, and, best of all, sane perspectives on the importance of politics and involvement for solving these growing health threats.
A brilliant synthesis of biology and medicine, economics, and politics, Planetary Overload puts McMichael in the first rank of concerned scientists and public intellectuals.
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Full of data and facts - but makes spurious extreme green activist conclusions without any basis. A deceptive polemic.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Togwe on November 10, 2005
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One of the few text books that I actually chose to keep from one of my college classes. A.J. McMichael makes some keen observations on the shift to the battle over resources in days present and ever increasingly so in days to come. Puts in perspective the plight of the Third World and developing nations and how the interplay of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and other isms affect our global commons. A must for policy makers, politicians and anyone seeking answers behind some of the sensationalized TV footage we tend to see these days.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barmak Kusha on July 30, 2000
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This volume is interesting but it tries to cover too much. The author also makes too many unsupported claims and over-generalizations.
An ok introduction to the complex topics in this field.
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