Planetary Health

Planetary Health

Human Health in an Era of Global Environmental Change

Jennifer Cole, Alex Foster, Alice Milner, PhD, Andrew Farlow, Harriet Bartlett


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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.


Jennifer Cole:
Jennifer Cole studied biological anthropology at Cambridge University and has a PhD in Computer Science from Royal Holloway University of London. She worked in publishing from 1994-2007 and then as a Senior Research Fellow in a policy think tank from 2007-2017, where her portfolio covered cyber security, pandemic response and crisis communications. She returned to academic full-time in 2017 first with Oxford University and then Royal Holloway, where she is now based in the Geography Department, School of Life Sciences and the Environment. She has moderated major online disease outbreak discussion forums for Ebola, Zika, Nipah virus and COVID-19, is a regular media commentator, and was part of the first cohort to undertake World Health Organization Infodemic Manager training 2020.