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Smoke and mirrors : the politics and culture of air pollution / edited by E. Melanie DuPuis

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DuPuis, E. Melanie (Erna Melanie) 1957-  Search this
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viii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
NMAHMAI copy Purchased from the NMAH Library Endowment.
Perceptions and effects of late Victorian air pollution / Peter Brimblecombe -- "The invisible evil": noxious vapor and public health in Manchester during the Age of Industry / Harold L. Platt -- Public perceptions of smoke pollution in Victorian Manchester / Stephen Mosley -- Uplands downwind: acidity and ecological change in the southeast Lancashire moorlands / Matthew Osborn -- The "smoky city" between the wars / Angela Gugliotta -- The merits of the precautionary principle: controlling automobile exhausts in Germany and the United States before 1945 / Frank Uekoetter -- Interpreting the London Fog Disaster of 1952 / Peter Thorsheim -- Localizing smog: transgressions in the therapeutic landscape / Joshua Dunsby -- A fine balance: automobile pollution control strategies in California / Sudhir Chella Rajan -- Who owns the air? Clean Air Act implementation as a negotiation of common property rights / E. Melanie DuPuis -- Air pollution in Spain: A "peripheral" nation transforms / Alexander Farrell -- Clearing the air and breathing freely: the health politics of air pollution and asthma / Phil Brown [and others] -- Invisible people, invisible places: connecting air pollution and pesticide drift in California / Jill Harrison -- Notes form the field: air pollution engineering as cultural experience/ Roger K. Raufer -- The social and political construction of air pollution: air pollution policies for Mexico City, 1979-1996 / José Luis Lezama
Who gets to breathe clean air? Who benefits from the cheaper products produced with dirty air? The answers, as the contributors to Smoke and Mirrors tell us, are sometimes as gray as the air itself. From the coal factory chimneys in Manchester in the late nineteenth century to the smog hanging over Los Angeles in the late twentieth century, air pollution has long been one of the greatest threats to our environment. In this important collection of original essays, the leading environmental scientists and social scientists examine the politics of air pollution policies and help us to understand the ways these policies have led to, idiosyncratic, effective, ineffective, and even disastrous choices about what we choose to put into and take out of the air. Offering historical, contemporary and cross-national perspectives, this volume provides a refreshing new approach to understanding how air pollution policies have evolved over time.
Air--Pollution--Political aspects  Search this
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