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Dirty Words
Writings on the History and Culture of Pollution

ISBN 9780415847063
Published February 28, 2013 by Routledge
180 Pages

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Book Description

Did dinosaurs contribute to global warming? What is rubbish theory and what indeed is rubbish? And how did the whale become a cuddly toy? And why did we decide to saturate our land and food with pesticides? Dirty Words examines all of these questions and also includes a study of pollution in fiction, from the fogs of Dickens to the smog of Chandler, advice on how to be an environmental troublemaker, and a suggestion of our choice of futures: the world as an icebox or a greenhouse. This entertaining and provocative collection of pieces by a group of environmental experts challenges the reader to take a closer look at the current pollution debate. Originally published in 1991

Table of Contents

Introduction Acknowledgments 1. Life and Climate Simon F. Watts 2. Life between Greenhouse and Icebox Philip Stewart 3. Environmental Troublemaking Walter C. Patterson 4. Changing Public Perception of Air Pollution Nigel Dudley 5. Agricultural Pollution: The Price of Progress? Janet Rowe 6. Writing on Smoke Peter Brimblecombe 7. The Management of Hazardous Waste and Hazards of Wasteful Management Michael Thompson 8. Sheepfarming after Chernobyl: a Case Study in Communicating Scientific Information Brian Wynne

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