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FEVERED: WHY A HOTTER PLANET WILL HURT OUR HEALTH—AND HOW WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES

Talk & Signing with Award-Winning Journalist LINDA MARSA
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
6:30pm to 8:00pm
at: 

Banyen Books & Sound

cost: 
FREE

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.

In her new book Fevered, 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.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Marsa sounds the alarm on a subject that has largely been ignored by governments and policy makers, and persuasively argues why preparedness for the health effects of climate change is the most critical issue affecting our survival in the coming century.

Linda Marsa is an award-winning Los Angeles-based investigative journalist who has covered medicine, health and disease for more than two decades. She is a contributing editor at Discover magazine, was formerly the staff writer for the health section of the Los Angeles Times, and is the author of Prescription for Profits: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Bankrolled the Unholy Marriage Between Science and Business. Marsa has been an instructor for over two decades in The Writers Program at UCLA Extension and was named Teacher of the Year in 1999.

Linda Marsa's website: http://lindamarsa.com/