The polluters: the making of our chemically altered environment

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The chemical pollution that irrevocably damages today's environment is, although many would like us to believe otherwise, the legacy of conscious choices made long ago. During the years before and just after World War II, discoveries like leaded gasoline and DDT came to market, creating new hazards even as the expansion and mechanization of industry exacerbated old ones. Dangers still felt today--smog, pesticides, lead, chromium, chlorinated solvents, asbestos, even global warming--were already recognized by chemists, engineers, doctors, and business managers of that era. A few courageous individuals spoke out without compromise, but still more ignored scientific truth in pursuit of money and prestige.The Polluters reveals at last the crucial decisions that allowed environmental issues to be trumped by political agendas. It spotlights the leaders of the chemical industry and describes how they applied their economic and political power to prevent the creation of an effective system of environmental regulation. Research was slanted, unwelcome discoveries were suppressed, and friendly experts were placed in positions of influence, as science was subverted to serve the interests of business. The story of The Polluters is one that needs to be told, an unflinching depiction of the onslaught of chemical pollution and the chemical industry's unwillingness to face up to its devastating effects.
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subject_facetChemical industry -- Environmental aspects
Chemical industry -- Environmental aspects -- United States
Electronic books
Pollutants
Pollution
Pollution -- Environmental aspects
Pollution -- Environmental aspects -- United States
Pollution -- United States
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Environmental -- Pollution Control
United States
title_displayThe polluters : the making of our chemically altered environment
title_fullThe polluters : the making of our chemically altered environment / Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter
The polluters [electronic resource] : the making of our chemically altered environment / Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter
title_shortThe polluters
title_subthe making of our chemically altered environment
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Environmental
Environmental aspects
Pollutants
Pollution
Pollution Control
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING