How does mercury get out of the ground and into our food? Is tuna safe to eat? What was the Minamata Disaster? Mercury Pollution: A Transdisciplinary Treatment addresses these questions and more. The editors weave interdisciplinary threads into a tapestry that presents a more complete picture of the effects of mercury pollution and provides new ways to think about the environment.
The remarkable features that make mercury so useful—and poisonous—have given rise to many stories laid out in rich objective detail, carefully detailing medical, epidemiological, or historical insight, but sidestepping the human experience. A technically rich book that only touches on the human consequences of mercury poisoning cannot fully portray the anguish, confusion, and painful deaths that are the consequence of mercury pollution. Therefore, the editors purposely step out of the conventional scientific framework for discussing mercury pollution to explore the wider human experience.
This book clarifies how we are all connected to mercury, how we absorb it through the food we eat and the air we breathe, and how we release it as a consequence of our new technologies. It tackles interesting environmental issues without being overly technical and uses mercury as a case study and model for studying environmental problems. The book uses discussions of the issues surrounding mercury pollution to illustrate how an interdisciplinary vantage is necessary to solve environmental problems.
Read an article in the SETAC Globe by Michael C. Newman and Sharon L. Zuber at http://www.setac.org/globe/2011/november/mercury-pollution.html
When the Scientific Vantage Is Not Enough, Michael C. Newman
Dangerous Attractions: Mercury in Human History, Kris Lane
Human Impacts on Earth’s Natural Mercury Cycle, Elizabeth Malcolm
Mercury by the Numbers, Michael C. Newman and Kenneth M. Y. Leung
Is Tuna Safe? A Sociological Analysis of Federal Fish Advisories, Kelly Joyce
How USA Today Constructs the Problem of Mercury Pollution: A Sociological Analysis of Risk and Blame, Christine Mowery and Sarah Jane Brubaker
Input/Output: Researching and Communicating Mercury Issues Online, John Garnett Drummond
Making Mercury Visible: The Minamata Documentaries of Tsuchimoto Noriaki, Justin Jesty
Mercury-Inspired Arts, Kira Obolensky and Elizabeth Mead
Writing as Environmental Stewardship, Sydney Landon Plum
The Necessity of International Agreement, I.L. "Pep" Fuller and Clare Stankwitz
Afterword: Through Your Eyes, Li Xiong and Sharon L. Zuber