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Taking the Heat

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I did not finish reading "Taking the Heat" by Bonnie Schneider.  The first few chapter that I did read were thought-provoking and well written.  It did a wonderful job bringing awareness to the term "eco-anxiety," which I had never heard before reading this book.  

I had trouble relating to the subject matter and had to set it aside for the time being.
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I recently was approached by students interested in researching "eco-anxiety" and I am going to hand a brand new book, TAKING THE HEAT by Bonnie Schneider, to them. Schneider is a meteorologist and award-winning journalist who has chosen to write about "How Climate Change Is Affecting Your Mind, Body, and Spirit and What You Can Do about It." She devotes her entire first chapter to eco-anxiety, "feelings of depression and anxiety that have been linked to climate change concerns." Subsequent sections look at issues like the impact of rising temperatures on health, especially in cities, or at the new allergy season mold, pollen, wildfire smoke, etc.) or at relationships between heat, sleep, and memory. Throughout, Schneider advocates practices like meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude. She explains and quotes scientific research from psychiatrists, pediatricians, and other doctors in regards to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and in addition refers to the work of plant physiologists and climate scientists when she explores food choices and carbon footprints. In fact, over twenty percent of the book is devoted to notes and will provide a great springboard to deeper research on any of these subtopics. This text will have wide appeal, including science, kinetic wellness (health), and psychology classes. Publishers Weekly summarizes TAKING THE HEAT as follows: "For those interested in staying well while the planet changes, this is a must-read." Take a look.
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Well researched, (Foot)Note references at the end of the book are about 1/6 of the book. This book provides very tangible suggestions for combating climate change.

Definitely some suggestions that had not been provided in several other climate change books that I’ve read. Interestingly I was at a luncheon yesterday with someone who recently was treated for Lyme disease, I had just read the section the prior day and could discuss it with them intelligently.

Topics include why average temperature varying 1-2 degrees is VITALLY important, proactive measures come in many forms and this book provides details to engage the suggestions, common diseases that will probably be on the rise due to climate change, maybe consider giving up meat occasionally and looking for healthier alternatives. Be aware of mental and physical health concerns, especially in regards to children.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bonnie Schneider the author and the publisher for the opportunity to review the Advance Read Copy of Taking the Heat in exchange for an honest review.  Publication date is Jan 25, 2022.

One thing that I think may have been missing from this book is Hope.  Two books read recently that compliment Taking the Heat would be The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams and also Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your World by William H. McRaven.
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