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Inventing pollution : coal, smoke, and culture in Britain since 1800

Author: Peter Thorsheim
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, ©2006.
Series: Ohio University Press series in ecology and history.
Edition/Format:   eBook : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Annotation Britain's supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal. This coal not only powered steam engines in factories, ships, and railway locomotives but also warmed homes and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns became filled with ever-greater and denser clouds of smoke. In this far-reaching study, Peter Thorsheim explains  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Thorsheim, Peter.
Inventing pollution.
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2006
(DLC) 2005029428
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Thorsheim
ISBN: 9780821442104 0821442104
OCLC Number: 560249578
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 307 p.) : ill.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Coal, smoke, and history --
The miasma era --
Pollution redefined --
The balance of nature --
Pollution and civilization --
Degeneration and eugenics --
Environmental activism --
Regulating pollution --
Pollution displacement --
Death comes from the air --
Smokeless zones --
Reinventing pollution.
Series Title: Ohio University Press series in ecology and history.
Responsibility: Peter Thorsheim.

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Explains that, for much of the nineteenth century, few people in Britain even considered coal smoke to be pollution. This book examines the understanding of pollution that emerged in the late  Read more...

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