WILDOAK LIVING Mon Aug 19 at 9am: Climate Change, Part 8: FEVERED - Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- And How We Can Save Ourselves
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On Monday, August 19 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time, Part 8 of our series Changing Climate - Changing World:
We look at the impact of climate change on health. I talk with Linda Marsa, award-winning health and science journalist and the author of a new book: Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- And How We Can Save Ourselves.
In Fevered, just released this month, Linda Marsa reveals how some of today's most pressing public health issues are related to climate change -- and are only going to get worse in coming years:
- Outbreaks of infectious disease like Valley Fever
- The worsening of respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
- Increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, and drought
- How to rebuild coastlines after natural disasters ‹ and when we shouldn't
- Why minorities are most affected by pollution and poor urban planning, including being isolated in urban heat islands
Far from just chronicling pending disaster, however, Marsa also points the way forward, using case studies and providing clear guidelines for how individuals can take action to protect themselves and their loved ones with, for example, "the new rules of hurricane preparedness" and strategies for better urban planning.
The series Changing Climate, Changing World on Wildoak Living is part of my contribution to education about climate change. The idea for this series was born during an interview I did with Dr. Peter Joseph in early 2012. He inspired me to check out the The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. In August of 2012, I was trained by Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project to educate about climate change and became one of the more than 4000 volunteer climate leaders.
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