Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)


each person on this planet is entangled in an internet of ecological relationships that hyperlink farms and factories with human shoppers. Our lives rely on those relationships -- and are imperiled via them in addition. Nowhere is that this more true than at the jap archipelago.

During the 19th century, Japan observed the increase of Homo sapiens industrialis, a brand new breed of human remodeled by way of an engineered, industrialized, and toxic surroundings. pollution moved freely from mines, manufacturing facility websites, and rice paddies into human bodies.

Toxic Archipelago explores how poisonous pollutants works its means into porous human our bodies and brings unbelievable soreness to a few of them. Brett Walker examines startling case reports of business pollution that comprehend no barriers: deaths from insecticide contaminations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury manufacturing unit effluents; and lung ailments from sulfur dioxide and asbestos.

This robust, probing ebook demonstrates how the japanese archipelago has develop into industrialized over the past 2 hundred years -- and the way humans and the surroundings have suffered hence.

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