Global Warming and the Political Ecology of Health: Emerging Crises and Systemic Solutions

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In this groundbreaking, global analysis of the relationship between climate change and human health, Hans Baer and Merrill Singer inventory and critically analyze the diversity of significant and sometimes devastating health implications of global warming. Using a range of theoretical tools from anthropology, medicine, and environmental sciences, they present ecosyndemics as a new paradigm for understanding the relationship between environmental change and disease. They also go beyond the traditional concept of disease to examine changes in subsistence and settlement patters, land-use, and lifeways, throwing the sociopolitical and economic dimensions of climate change into stark relief. Revealing the systemic structures of inequality underlying global warming, they also issue a call to action, arguing that fundamental changes in the world system are essential to the mitigation of an array of emerging health crises link to anthropogenic climate and environmental change.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Global Warming: A Grave Contradiction of the Capitalist World Systemp. 17
Lifeways in Peril: The Impact of Global Warming on Settlement Patterns and Human Perceptions of Climatep. 49
An Age of Weather Extremes: Consequences for Human Subsistence, Water, and Nutritionp. 69
A Disturbed Planet: Heat Stress, Pollutants, and Environmental Diseasesp. 87
Agents of Suffering: The Spread of Waterborne and Vector-Borne Infectionsp. 109
Ecosyndemics: The Interaction of Changing Environment and Diseasep. 133
Adaptation Versus Mitigation: Why Existing Climate Regimes and "Green Capitalism" Are Not Enough to Contain Global Warmingp. 161
Toward a Healthier Planet: The Creation of a Democratic Ecosocialist World Systemp. 187
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 233
About the Authorsp. 237
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