Provocative titles on climate change and environmental medicine

Thanks the Department of Environmental Medicine‘s generosity and a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Miner Library has acquired a collection of outstanding books, DVDs, and other resources about climate change and environmental medicine.

Here are a few of the more than two dozen books:

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman – The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist “…poses a national competition to ‘outgreen’ China, modeled on Kennedy’s proposal to beat the Soviets to the moon…” “…presents a stirring and far-darker vision than Friedman’s earlier books.” (Publishers Weekly)

Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, by Stewart Brand – By the editor of the counterculture classic Whole Earth Catalog, this is “a book to wrestle with, a power tool for change.” (Booklist)  “…a personal call to citizens and organizations….outlines visionary and risky geo-engineering projects…essential reading for all.” (Library Journal)

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollen – “…history, personal memoir, and botany…..the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato are linked with four human fundamental desires – sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control.” (Library Journal)

Storms of My Children: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, by James Hansen – “Going against current thinking, this book is sure to garner strong reactions….a compelling, readable wake-up call” by an expert on global warming. (Library Journal)

Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duties to Protect Environmental and Public Health, by Kristin Shrader-Frechette – “…inspirational as much as it is scientific….documents numerous instances of environmental contamination linked to cancer and other diseases….guidelines for individual action, beginning on a local level, to enhance environmental quality.” (Choice)

New DVDs, which are available at the circulation desk, include:

Homo Toxicus – The filmmaker has her own blood analyzed and discovers over 100 different compounds present, including DDT. She interviews researchers, academics, government officials, scientists, and community residents to explore the connection between modern lifestyles and health.

Weather Report – A visually stunning look at the worldwide effects of climate change that “unfolds like a well-written novel.” (Educational Media Reviews Online)

A number of newly acquired e-books are part of the R2 Digital Library collection. Access these via E-Books on Miner’s home page. Check the alphabetical listing by title, or go to the R2 Digital Library link in the listing. Titles include:

Goldfrank’s Toxicologic  Emergencies, 8th Edition

Fields Virology, 5th Edition

Occupational and Environmental Health, 5th Edition

Viruses and Nanotechnology

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