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Pandemics cannot be eliminated, but they can be stopped; the trick is discovering what will curtail any one particular outbreak. Renowned environmentalist and science writer Albert Bates presents an easy-to-understand scientific overview of the global consequences of pandemics and offers a fresh perspective on how we can coexist with them, individually and collectively. Bates recounts the history of deadly pandemics and provides a basic explanation for why diseases can infect and spread quickly, as well as how viruses invade the body and travel from host to host, further illustrating why we are all at risk. He also reminds us that disrupting natural ecosystems increases the chances of letting loose even more viruses into global populations. Discover which methods have been used to battle infectious outbreaks in the past, which social solutions are the most effective, and how to bolster our resources before the next pandemic strikes.
Albert Bates is a scientific researcher and world-recognized authority on environmental concerns. He has also been an influential figure in the intentional community and ecovillage movements. He has taught courses in sustainable design, natural building, permaculture, and technologies of the future to students from more than 50 countries. His other books include Dark Side of the Ocean (2020), Transforming Plastic (2019) and Taming Plastic (2020).