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Pandemonium: How Globalization And Trade Are Putting The World At Risk

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Our health and habitat are being threatened by biological invaders moving at unprecedented speed. Avian flu and its potential to cause a human pandemic is only one example of a worldwide menace unwittingly unleashed by the forces of globalization. The combination of unfettered free trade in living organisms, increased mobility, and urban crowding has created an increasingl ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published by University of Queensland Pr (Australia) (first published January 1st 2008)
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This book is clearly well researched and includes a ton of data around pandemics, invasive species and microscopic menaces but it was lacking a human connection. I was really hoping for more personal stories and examples but instead just drowned in stats. To save you some time, here are my two takeaways:
1. Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die.
2. Unless you've detached one of your limbs or have an icepick through your skull, avoid the hospital at all costs.
An overview of global pandemics, zoonotic diseases and modern plagues such as Foot in Mouth and MRSA. Not incredibly detailed, but not bad if you just want a brief look at the issues.
A must read for anyone concerned about good health. Somewhat depressing information though.
A good introduction and an enjoyable read, but it ended up feeling a bit superficial.
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Andrew Nikiforuk is a leading investigative journalist who has written about education, economics, and the environment for the past two decades. His work has appeared in a variety of Canadian publications including The Walrus, Maclean's, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith.

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