If ever there was a book that ought to be on everybody’s reading bucket list this is it. But read it now rather than later since health and global environment expert Epstein and award-winning science journalist Ferber believe there is still, albeit limited, time to begin mitigating the effects of human actions on the changing climate.
—Booklist (starred review)
“Changing Planet, Changing Health is a landmark book that will raise our consciousness about how we should respond to a growing emergency and save lives.
“You’ll never find a clearer or smarter explanation of one of the toughest problems the world faces as the Holocene ebbs and the warming era begins.”
—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
“Climate change isn’t just “inconvenient” — it kills. Bravo to Paul Epstein and Dan Ferber for laying out a clear explication. Deny the heat wave around you? OK, but brace yourself for the hospital bills.”
—Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winning writer and author of The Coming Plague.
“Climate change has brought a new imperative to global health efforts worldwide as the ‘changing planet’ both contributes to the spread of disease and worsens existing inequities. We must be ambitious in our response and heed the personal, political, economic, and institutional advice so keenly prescribed here by Paul Epstein and Dan Ferber. Our collective failure to intervene, or even to understand, portends disaster. But this volume also shows us just how much we can do to slow or arrest these adverse trends.”
–Paul Farmer, MD, author of Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor and Co-founder, Partners in Health
“Changing Planet, Changing Health is an illuminating, important, and deeply sobering book.”
—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
“As compelling as a detective novel, Changing Planet, Changing Health reveals the important—and often unnerving—links between climate and survival in a world in which we are watching our known environment slip away. This is a vital story, and authors Paul Epstein and Dan Ferber have told it beautifully”
—Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
“This valuable and insightful book provides, in highly readable form, the most basic reason for concern over human source change in the climate system – the impact this change has on our health.”
–Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
“Paul Epstein has long been at the forefront in alerting the public and our leaders on the many ways our lives and health are threatened by climate change. He and journalist Dan Ferber have now written the book on the health effects of global warming. . . . Changing Planet, Changing Health is a vivid reminder of the urgency of the need for action. It can only be hoped that this sweeping and articulate book will trigger a renewed focus on this crucial challenge….”
–Paul Volberding, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, UCSF Department of Medicine