The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment

by Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter

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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
Sales rank: 309,591
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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Sorcerer's Apprentices

Part I - Summoning the Spirits

Chapter 2 - Pollution Goes to Washington
Chapter 3 - The Rise of the Chemical Industry
Chapter 4 - Royd Sayers' Service Bureau

Part II - Fetching a Flood

Chapter 5 - The Miracle Bug-Killer
Chapter 6 - Wilhelm Hueper and Environmental Cancer
Chapter 7 - Bad Air in Los Angeles
Chapter 8 - Donora's Strangler Smog
Chapter 9 - A New Deal for Clean Water
Chapter 10 - Deregulating California's Water
Chapter 11 - The Stealth Pollutants

Part III - Holding Back the Deluge

Chapter 12 - DuPont Tries to Clean Up
Chapter 13 - The Industry Responds
Chapter 14 - From Donora to Love Canal
Chapter 15 - Epilogue: Convenient Hopes and Inconvenient Truths

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