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Author: Paddy Manning Narrator: Laurence Brewer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2020 ISBN: 9781760855314
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Suddenly, when the country caught fire, people realised what the government has not: that climate change is killing us.

But climate deaths didn’t start in 2019. Medical officers have been warning of a health emergency as temperatures rise for years, and for at least a decade Australians have been dying from the plagues of climate change – from heat, flood, disease, smoke. And now, pandemic.

In this detailed, considered, compassionate book, Paddy Manning paints us the big picture. He revisits some headline events which might have faded in our memory – the Brisbane Floods of 2011; Melbourne’s thunderstorm asthma fatalities of 2016 – and brings to our attention less well-publicised killers: the soil-borne diseases that amplify after a flood; the fact that heat itself has killed more people than all other catastrophes put together. In each case, he has interviewed scientists to explore the link to climate change and asks how – indeed, whether – we can better prepare ourselves in the future.

Most importantly, Manning has spoken to survivors and the families of victims, creating a monument to those we have already lost. Donna Rice and her 13-year-old son Jordan. Alison Tenner. The Buchanan family. These are stories of humans at their most vulnerable, and also often at their best. In extremis, people often act to save their loved ones above themselves. As Body Count shows, we are now all in extremis, and it is time to act.

Respected journalist Paddy Manning tells these stories of tragedy and loss, heroism and resilience, in a book that is both monument and warning.

‘A climate emergency tour de force.' Dr Bob Brown

'True stories of heroism and unimaginable loss...Body Count is a brilliant exposition of why we must deal with the climate problem now.' Ross Garnaut

'Climate change kills. … Through the accounts of people who have lost so much, Paddy Manning drives home the deeply personal impact of climate change. Governments continue to ignore the impact on climate change on human health at OUR peril. The future of our planet and our future generations depends on everyone playing their part, today.' Professor Kerryn Phelps

'A stunningly powerful call to political leaders everywhere who hear the warnings of the devastating impacts of climate change on health but fail to act.' Dr Helen Haines, independent member for Indi

‘Moving stories of heroic courage and tragic loss. A pause to reflect on the lives lost and how urgently we need change.’ David Pocock, former Wallabies captain Download and start listening now!

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  • 'True stories of heroism and unimaginable loss... Body Count is a brilliant exposition of why we must deal with the climate problem now.' Ross Garnaut
  • ‘A climate emergency tour de force.' Dr Bob Brown
  • 'Climate change kills. … Through the accounts of people who have lost so much, Paddy Manning drives home the deeply personal impact of climate change. Governments continue to ignore the impact on climate change on human health at OUR peril. The future of our planet and our future generations depends on everyone playing their part, today.' Professor Kerryn Phelps
  • 'A stunningly powerful call to political leaders everywhere who hear the warnings of the devastating impacts of climate change on health but fail to act.' Dr Helen Haines, independent member for Indi
  • ‘Moving stories of heroic courage and tragic loss. A pause to reflect on the lives lost and how urgently we need change.’  David Pocock, former Wallabies captain
  • ‘This important book is an insight into the consequences of ignoring the warnings of climate and public health scientists. Featuring journalistic precision, and a storyteller’s gift, Body Count is not just a compelling read, but a timely reminder it is our lives that are at stake.’  Fiona Armstrong, founder and executive director of the Climate and Health Alliance; Honorary Associate, Department of Public Health, La Trobe University
  • Body Count should be on everyone’s reading list. It cuts through the swathe of propaganda that climate change is not something to worry about. Spoiler alert: it is. Australia’s climate wars have moved well beyond Parliament House, placing all Australians on the front line. It is precisely what all Australians need to read.’  Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW
  • ‘This anthology of human stories about health and global warming makes clear that climate change is not an abstract, future issue. Our climate has already changed, and it’s claiming the lives of people we know. We must act urgently. There is no time to waste.’  Tony Capon, director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University

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