The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

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The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment by Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter

The chemical pollution that irrevocably damages today's environment is, although many would like us to believe otherwise, the legacy of conscious choices made long ago. During the years before and just after World War II, discoveries like leaded gasoline and DDT came to market, creating new hazards even as the expansion and mechanization of industry exacerbated old ones. Dangers still felt today--smog, pesticides, lead, chromium, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, even global warming--were already recognized by chemists, engineers, doctors, and business managers of that era. A few courageous individuals spoke out without compromise, but still more ignored scientific truth in pursuit of money and prestige.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199930968
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Ross is President of the Washington consulting firm, Disposal Safety, Inc. He is both environmental scientist and commentator on current affairs, and has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the USEPA Science Advisory Board.

Steven Amter is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Disposal Safety, Inc. who specializes in the history of pollution.

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