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Table of Contents Chapter 1: A Climate Change Tale Chapter 2: Climate Chaos: What May Come What This Book is About What's Happening to Our Climate Why the Climate is Changing The Greenhouse Effect Greenhouse Gases and Temperature Sea Level Rise Dangerous Climate Change The Most Worrisome Greenhouse Gases The Speed of Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across Nations Peak Petroleum The Book's Outline Chapter 3: Home is Getting Hotter It Could Get Hot Heat and Our Health The Most Vulnerable to Heat Stress Poverty: Another Risk Factor for Heat Stress Geography Matters Gender Considerations Race and Ethnicity Fewer Deaths from Cold Weather? Global Warming and Behavior Solutions Chapter 4: Air: Breathing Harder The Climate-Air Pollution Connection Ozone and Health The Most Vulnerable to Ozone Effects Children Other Vulnerable Populations Particulate Matter Forest Fires and Breathing Dust Other Air Toxins Pollen and Climate Change Who Decides How Clean Our Air Will Be? Air Quality and Your Mental Health Solutions Chapter 5: Water: Water, Water Everywhere or Neverthere Risks to Our Water How We use Water Where Our Water Comes From How Much Water We Need Droughts Affect Health Droughts and Infectious Disease Droughts and Fires Floods Affect Health Climate Change and Water Availability Melting Snowpack Melting Glaciers Desalination Bottled Water Water Conservation-More Than Just Personal Virtue Water Scarcity, Conservation, and Mental Health Solutions Chapter 6: Cataclysmic Events: Pounding People and the Planet A Cavalcade of Harm Floods and Inundations Floods, Contamination, and Disease Floods, Mold, and More Storm Surge Salt Water Contamination of Wells Erosion Other Effects of Cataclysmic Events on Health Risk to Infrastructure and Health Displaced People Conflict Cataclysmic Events and Mental Health The Science of Sea Level Rise Thermal Expansion Melting Inland Glaciers Greenland's Melting Ice Melting Arctic Sea Ice Melting Antarctica Melting Ice = Sea Level Rise The Science of Hurricanes and Other Storms Solutions Chapter 7: Infectious Disease: Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites, Oh My The Relationship Between Climate and Infectious Disease Malaria and Climate Change Other Diseases Mosquitoes Carry Diseases from Other Insects Diseases Carried on Ocean and Wind Currents Foodborne Diseases What's Next Infectious Disease and Mental Health Solutions Chapter 8: Food: Nature's Bounty Bashed Plants, Climate Change, and Our Food Supply How Crops Grow Heat's Harm to Crops Climate Change and Pesticide Use on Crops Soil, Erosion, and Climate Change Plants and Ozone After Peak Oil and Its Effect on Food Aquatic and Marine Food Supply Climate Change and Food Toxins How Much of An Effect Meat: What We Eat Drives Climate Change Other Climate Change Contributors Biofuels Climate, Food, and Mental Health Solutions Chapter 9: Ecosystem Health: Cycles of Life... or Death Ecosystems and Our Health Farms and Prairies Mountains Forests and Biodiversity Coastal Wetland Ecosystems and Storm Buffers Marine Ecosystems Marine Dead Zones Biodiversity Loss and Infectious Disease Biodiversity Loss = Extinction Energy and Ecosystem Health Coal's Damage to Ecosystems Oil's Damage to Ecosystems Reducing the Impact of Fossil Fuels on the Climate and Ecosystems Energy Efficiency Geoengineering Alternatives to Fossil Fuels Renewable Energy Nuclear Energy A Final Word on Ecosystems Solutions Chapter 10: Human Behavior: Choice to Change Where Human Behavior and Climate Change Meet How We Come to Behave How We Change Our Behavior Individuals and Climate Change Brains and Behavior Environmental Concern and Emotions Thinking: Beyond Concern to Attitudes, Beliefs, Values.... Personal Responsibility and Self-Efficacy Risk Perception and Fear Sociodemographic Variables Hope for Individual Behavior Community Factors and Climate Change Economics Government and Institutional Policies Media and Communications Social Identity: Norms, Connections, and Movements Place Other External Factors Hope for the Meeting of Individual and Community Factors Solutions Chapter 11: Epilogue References Cited
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Climatic changes -- Health aspects -- Popular works.
Medical climatology -- Popular works.