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  • Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- and how we can save ourselves

    Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health -- and how we can save ourselves

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Linda Marsa
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Rodale Books (2013, Aug 6th).
    Pages:   256

    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.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. more

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  • Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate

    Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jennifer A. Mather
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Timber Press (2010, May 21st).
    Pages:   240

    The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends - from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities. In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. more

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  • A Short Introduction to Climate Change

    A Short Introduction to Climate Change

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tony Eggleton
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Cambridge University Press (2012, Dec 24th).
    Pages:   246

    A Short Introduction to Climate Change provides a clear, balanced and well documented account of one of the most important issues of our time. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is more than the result of natural variability. It explains the difference between weather and climate by examining changes in temperature, rainfall, Arctic ice and ocean currents. It also considers the consequences of our use of fossil fuels and discusses some of the ways to reduce further global warming. Tony Eggleton dispenses with scientific jargon to provide a reader-friendly explanation of the science of climate change. Concise but comprehensive, and richly illustrated with a wealth of full-colour figures and photographs, A Short Introduction to Climate Change is essential reading for anyone who has an interest in climate science and in the future of our planet. more

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