New Book: ‘Toxic Planet: The Global Health Crisis’ includes the Dominican Republic

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A brief review byKEM KNAPP SAWYER for the Pulitzer Center.

It affects the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that helps produce the food we eat. Pollution is everywhere.

Pulitzer Center grantees circumnavigated the globe to study pollution—its risks, the health implications, potential remedies, and means of prevention. Their work has been published in a wide range of outlets: Undark, National Geographic, Yale Environment 360, China Dialogue, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg Businessweek, TakePart, The Guardian, Verspers, The New York Times, and Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine.

The Pulitzer Center’s newest e-book, Toxic Planet: The Global Health Crisis, brings together their stories, brilliant and heart-wrenching photography, and video to form a more complete picture of the challenges the world faces and of the profound impact of toxic chemicals on all humans, most noticeably on babies and children. Many of the portraits of families are intimate and deeply troubling. Profiles of advocates who seek to raise awareness and innovators who create cleaner supply chains are also featured.

Contributors to the e-book include Nathalie Bertrams, Caitlin Cotter, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Yolanda Escobar, Sean Gallagher, Beth Gardiner, Ingrid Gercama, He Guangwei, Makenzie Huber, Lynn Johnson, Michelle Nijhuis, Richard C. Paddock, Debbie M. Price, and Larry C. Price. It features reporting and documentary photography from Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, China, Dominican Republic, Malawi, Guatemala, Poland, Ecuador, Zambia, and the United States.

Toxic Planet highlights the health risks and challenges we face as well as possible solutions—change in government policies, better working conditions, waste treatment programs, and river clean-up projects. Innovations include solar ovens, improved cookstoves that are more efficient and also less toxic, the development of genetically modified crops that produce chemicals to kill pests, and more effective effluent treatment plants. New environmental awareness campaigns may well lead to behavior change.

This e-book is beautifully designed by Jordan Roth and includes recommended resources and educational materials. It is edited by Rebecca Kaplan, Kem Knapp Sawyer, and Pulitzer Center staff. Coming soon on iTunes. Also available on Creatavist and Kindle.

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