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ISBN-10: 0262542730
ISBN-13: 9780262542739
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 11/16/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.51" W, 1.18" H

The Contamination of the Earth: A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age

Translator: Janice Egan
Translator: Michael Egan

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The trajectories of pollution in global capitalism, from the toxic waste of early tanneries to the poisonous effects of pesticides in the twentieth century.

Through the centuries, the march of economic progress has been accompanied by the spread of industrial pollution. As our capacities for production and our aptitude for consumption have increased, so have their byproducts–chemical contamination from fertilizers and pesticides, diesel emissions, oil spills, a vast plastic continent found floating in the ocean. The Contamination of the Earth offers a social and political history of industrial pollution, mapping its trajectories over three centuries, from the toxic wastes of early tanneries to the fossil fuel energy regime of the twentieth century.

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Choice 2021 Outstanding Academic Title


The Contamination of the Earth is not a balanced view of technological progress; that is not its purpose. It is a clear and relentless exposure of the forces that have converged to ravage our environment. And it should prompt scientists and citizens to ask: am I complicit in this system? Or will I try to stand against it?-Nature

Scholarly rather than polemical and of interest to students of environmental and economic history.
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ISBN-10: 0262542730
ISBN-13: 9780262542739
Publisher: MIT Press
Publish Date: 11/16/2021
Dimensions: 8.58" L, 5.51" W, 1.18" H
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