Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- and how we can save ourselves
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Beyond images of emaciated polar bears and drought-cracked lakes, there remains a major part of climate change's impact that the media has neglected: how our health will suffer from higher temperatures and extreme weather. From spiraling rates of asthma and allergies and spikes in heatstroke-related deaths to swarms of invasive insects carrying diseases like dengue or West Nile and increases in heart and lung disease and cancer, the effect of rising temperatures on human health will be far-reaching, and is more imminent than we think.
In Fevered, award-winning journalist Linda Marsa blends compelling narrative with cutting-edge science to explore the changes in Earth's increasingly fragile support system and provide a blueprint―a "medical Manhattan Project"―detailing what we need to do to protect ourselves from this imminent medical meltdown. In the tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Marsa sounds the alarm on a subject that has largely been ignored by governments and policy makers, and persuasively argues why preparedness for the health effects of climate change is the most critical issue affecting our survival in the coming century.
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tracks—and instead encouraged the development of high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Traffic congestion is controlled by offering alternatives to cars, including buses and light rail, as well as a growing network of bike trails. But swift and decisive action will be required to solve the medical issues that are arising as the planet warms, and the United States must take the lead in implementing a sweeping coordinated international effort to create a robust infrastructure capable of
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too timid to take on the still very British and lily-white city hall—and they organized fund-raising events and lobbied local politicians. Even Jane Jacobs, who had recently decamped to Toronto, was drawn into the struggle. Mazari also recruited Mike Harcourt, who was then a 26-year-old storefront lawyer fresh out of school. Shirley and Darlene Mazari brought Harcourt to a local community meeting, conducted mostly in Cantonese, that lasted about three hours. “I’d been practicing law for about