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Climate Change and the People's Health by Sharon FrielClimate change and social inequity are both sprawling, insidious forces that threaten populations around the world. This book offers a new framework for understanding how our planet's two greatest existential threats comingle, complement, and amplify one another -- and what can be done to mitigate future harm. In doing so it posits three new modes of thinking:
· That climate change interacts with the social determinants of health and exacerbates existing health inequities.
· The idea of a "consumptagenic system" -- a network of policies, processes, governance, and modes of understanding that fuel unhealthy, and environmentally destructive production and consumption.
· The steps necessary to move from denial and inertia toward effective mobilization, including economic, social, and policy interventions.
Dark Side of the Ocean: The Destruction of Our Seas, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do About It by Albert BatesOur oceans face levels of devastation previously unknown in human history--from pollution, from overfishing, and through damage to delicate aquatic ecosystems affected by global warming. Ocean biodiversity is being decimated on par with the fastest rates of rain forest destruction. More than 80 per cent of pollutants in the oceans come from sewage and other land-based runoff (some of it radioactive). The rest is created by waste dumped by commercial and recreational vessels. In many areas and for many fish stocks, there are no conservation or management measures existing or even planned. Climate author Albert Bates explains how ocean life maintains adequate oxygen levels, prevents erosion from storms, and sustains a vital food source that factory fishing operations cannot match--and why that should matter to all of us, whether we live near the ocean or not. He presents solutions for changing the human impact on marine reserves, improving ocean permaculture, and putting the brakes on the ocean heat waves that destroy sea life and imperil human habitation at the ocean's edge.