- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0190262958
- ISBN-13: 978-0190262952
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.4 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations 1st Edition
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"Urgent in tone... Offering hindsight as well as foresight, McMichael makes a strong argument for sustainability."--Publishers Weekly
"This is a book to inspire thoughts of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse-famine, plague, war and death-and how we rarely stop to realize that they ride on the winds of environmental change... Those who scoff at climatologists' predictions should take a look at historians' accounts."--Maclean's
"The book's goal is not to make predictions but to motivate change, which McMichael does by bringing into focus humanity's sensitivity to fluctuations in the natural climate system throughout history."--Science Magazine
"[Climate Change and the Health of Nations] lucidly, and at times lyrically, chronicles 200,000 years of human history through a climate lens."--Nature
"[McMichael] deftly traces the great environmental 'undercurrents that shaped the fates of civilisations, their cultures, ideologies, and power structures'. He calls for an extraordinary civilisational response. McMichael is optimistic about the world's 'mega-problem'. He tells the story for the first time of 'the historical interplay between climate change, human health, disease, and survival'. It is a magnificent treatise. It demands our attention. And action."--The Lancet, Richard Horton
"The writing is clear, unadorned, and engaging. The scholarly reach is breathtaking... This splendid book is a call to action... And if we are successful, as we must be, Tony McMichael's contributions will live on as a vital part of that legacy."--EcoHealth, Howard Frumkin
"This sober, forceful history anticipates the potential cataclysms to come, in a world that, because of man-made emissions, is warming at an unprecedented rate."--New Yorker
About the Author
Anthony John McMichael (1942-2014), was Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. He previously was Professor of Epidemiology at the ANU and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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I found it easy to get lost in this book, which I blame in part on mediocre organization, mediocre or absent charts, mediocre or absent chapter introductions and summaries. At the same time, there was much of interest. I owe McMichael this debt: I had previously encountered explanations for the “Easterlies” and “Westerlies” wind patterns, and despite supplementing what I read with internet searches I was still confused, probably because of a poor background and interest in physics; McMichael’s provides clear and simple explanations.
Past history is all about natural climate change whereas modern speculation, or is it hysteria, says future change is predicated on man made change. The link between the two is thin at best. Most droughts and famines occurred during cold periods.
McMichael concludes with a lengthy statement: “Human induced climate change is beyond politics. “ He's right about the book which has no specifics of mitigation, but the only possible motive for such a ridiculous statement is an attempt to politicize the alarmism. However, in practice ethanol, carbon taxes, anti-energy, California renewable portfolio legislation and population control is all politics.
Global warming, in practice, is 5% science and 95% politics.
Prof. McMichael recognizes the fatuity of climate science certainty but not the effect of population on atmospheric CO2 or that climate “science” is mostly political. Up until the last chapter, the book is excellent. It's a more formal treatment than that of Jared Diamond.