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Deeply informative, highly readable,
This review is from: Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It (Hardcover)
What a revelatory book this was. I knew about some of the ways in which climate change threatens human health and safety, but had no idea of the breadth and scope of those dangers, or of the ways in which some are interconnected. Epstein and Ferber paint an impressively--if frighteningly--detailed picture of the health menace that our planet's inarguably changing climate poses. And somehow they transform this dauntingly complex material into something that is a pleasure to read, with the tangible human dimensions of the problems (and some solutions) evident on almost every page, from a Kenyan mother's desperate fight to rescue her deathly ill daughter from malaria contracted in a region once deemed "malaria-free," to the daily grind of a graduate student whose work in a Midwestern experimental soybean field aims to address the question of whether and how, in the face of increasing CO2 levels, we will be able to grow enough food to feed the planet. But Epstein and Ferber don't just present problems and then leave us with the depressing sense that we've long since passed our chance for redemption. Although they're clear that modern wants and needs have brought us to a dangerous precipice ("Again and again, we want too much, waste too much, and fail to consider the consequences," they write), they also propose thought-provoking solutions which I only hope will capture both the public's and the policy makers' serious attention.