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Poisonous skies : acid rain and the globalization of pollution

Author: Rachel Emma Rothschild
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Poisonous Skies explores how scientists and policymakers came to grasp the danger fossil fuels posed to the global environment by looking at the first air pollution problem identified as having damaging effects on areas far from the source of emissions: acid rain. This is the first history to investigate acid rain in an international context, spanning from its identification in the 1960s to the present day. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rothschild, Rachel Emma.
Poisonous skies.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018054763
(OCoLC)1051689197
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Emma Rothschild
ISBN: 9780226634852 022663485X
OCLC Number: 1107879494
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: a rain of ashes --
Creating a global pollution problem --
The science of acid rain --
Energy industry research and the politics of doubt --
Pollution across the Iron Curtain --
Environmental diplomacy in the Cold War --
An environmental crisis collides with a conservative revolution --
Acid rain and the precautionary principle --
A warning bell for a fossil fuel future --
Epilogue: the climate change reckoning.
Responsibility: Rachel Emma Rothschild.

Abstract:

Poisonous Skies explores how scientists and policymakers came to grasp the danger fossil fuels posed to the global environment by looking at the first air pollution problem identified as having damaging effects on areas far from the source of emissions: acid rain. This is the first history to investigate acid rain in an international context, spanning from its identification in the 1960s to the present day. The story Rachel Emma Rothschild unfurls reveals how a legacy of military sponsorship of physics, chemistry, and other fields during wartime influenced the direction of research on the environment; the importance of environmental diplomacy to the d tente process of the Cold War; the role of the British and American coal industries in environmental science; and finally, how acid rain shaped ideas about environmental risk and the precautionary principle. Grounded in archival research in eight different countries and five languages as well as interviews with leading scientists from both government and industry, Poisonous Skies should interest anyone seeking to learn from our past in order to better understand and approach the environmental crises of our present day.

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