Children's Health and the Peril of Climate Change


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.44 X 9.38 X 0.94 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Frederica Perera, MPH, DrPH, PhD, is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health and Founding Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health at Columbia University. Dr. Perera is internationally recognized for her pioneering research using novel methods to link exposure to air pollution and toxic chemicals to developmental disorders and illness in children, with the goal of preventing those harms. She is the author of over 350 peer-reviewed articles and has received numerous honors.


This deeply researched book cuts through the black smoke of climate denial with its clear focus on climate change's impacts on children. While Dr. Perera acknowledges the gravity of the climate crisis with specific evidence of its dangers, her primary message is one of hope, articulated through climate success stories as a roadmap to a brighter future. -- Philip J. Landrigan, MD, Director, Global Observatory on Pollution and Health, Boston College

It's time for all of us to stop talking about climate change as a planetary problem when in reality it's a people problem-or should I say, a young people's problem. Through scientific fact and compelling storytelling, Dr. Perera's book makes it startlingly clear that our changing climate is already threatening the health and well-being of children in every corner of the world. If you have ever asked yourself why young people everywhere are demanding climate action, this powerful book provides the evidence and inspiration to join them in the fight for a clean energy future. It's a fight we can and must win-for ourselves and for our children's future. -- Gina McCarthy, former Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

This is the manifesto we need to provide children and families with a clear message of leaving no one behind in the fight against climate change. Dr. Perera is a true pioneer and leader, providing solutions and sound policy guidance for a better, safer, and cleaner future with justice, equity, and sustainability for all generations. -- Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, Director, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford University