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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Planetary Health

Planetary Health

Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change

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By J Cole, Research Fellow. Royal Holloway, University of London UK

July 2019 / Paperback / 168 Pages / 9781789241648 £30.00 / €40.00 / $50.00
With 10% online discount: £27.00 / €36.00 / $45.00

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Main Description

Planetary Health - the idea that human health and the health of the environment are inextricably linked - encourages the preservation and sustainability of natural systems for the benefit of human health. Drawing from disciplines such as public health, environmental science, evolutionary anthropology, welfare economics, geography, policy and organizational theory, it addresses the challenges of the modern world, where human health and well-being is threatened by increasing pollution and climate change.

A comprehensive publication covering key concepts in this emerging field, Planetary Health reviews ideas and approaches to the subject such as natural capital, ecological resilience, evolutionary biology, One Earth and transhumanism. It also sets out through case study chapters the main links between human health and environmental change, covering:

- Climate change, land use and waterborne infectious diseases.
- Sanitation, clean energy and fertilizer use.
- Trees, well-being and urban greening.
- Livestock, antibiotics and greenhouse gas emissions.

Providing an extensive overview of key theories and literature for academics and practitioners who are new to the field, this engaging and informative read also offers an important resource for students of a diverse range of subjects, including environmental sciences, animal sciences, geography and health.


Suitable for policy makers and students interested in planetary health, as well as researchers of connected areas such as environmental science, animal science and health who are looking for an integrated overview of how these sectors intersect.

  • Part 1: Introduction and Key Concepts
    • 1: Introduction to Planetary Health
    • 2: Key Concepts in Planetary Health
  • Part 2: Conceptual Frameworks for Planetary Health
    • 3: The Evolutionary Biology Approach: a Natural Baseline for Human Health
    • 4: The Natural Capital Approach: Opportunities and Challenges
    • 5: The One Earth Approach: Planetary Health in an Era of Limits
    • 6: The Transhuman Approach: Technoscience and Nature
  • Part 3: Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change
    • 7: Trends in Human Health
    • 8: The Demographic Transition
    • 9: The Epidemiological Transition
    • 10: The Ecological Transition
    • 11: Agriculture: Land Use, Food Systems and Biodiversity
    • 12: Urbanization, Living Standards and Sustainability
    • 13: Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Global Warming
    • 14: Environmental Protection: a Key Tool for Planetary Health
    • 15: Conclusions: Equity, Distribution and Planetary Health
  • Part 4: Case Studies of Planetary Health
    • 16: Climate Change, Land Use and Waterborne Infectious Disease
    • 17: Sanitation, Clean Energy and Fertilizer
    • 18: Trees, Well-being and Urban Greening
    • 19: Livestock, Antibiotics and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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