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Author Uekötter, Frank, 1970-

Title The age of smoke : environmental policy in Germany and the United States, 1880-1970 / Frank Uekoetter
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2009]
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 350 pages) : illustrations
Series History of the urban environment
History of the urban environment.
Contents The age of smoke -- Modern times, modern problems : controlling smoke, 1880-1914 -- Pollutants and politics : air pollution control between the wars -- Beyond the pall of smoke -- Going local, going national : the postwar divergence of environmental policy -- Forerunners and pioneers -- Environmental revolutions and evolutions -- Conclusion : Was the environmental revolution necessary?
Summary In 1880, coal was the primary energy source for everything from home heating to industry. Regions where coal was readily available, such as the Ruhr Valley in Germany and western Pennsylvania in the United States, witnessed exponential growth-yet also suffered the greatest damage from coal pollution. These conditions prompted civic activism in the form of "anti-smoke" campaigns to attack the unsightly physical manifestations of coal burning. This early period witnessed significant cooperation between industrialists, government, and citizens to combat the smoke problem. It was not until the 1960
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-340) and index
Notes Text in English; translated from the German
Print version record
Subject Air quality management -- Germany -- History.
Air quality management -- United States -- History.
Air -- Pollution -- Germany -- History.
Air -- Pollution -- United States -- History.
Environmental policy -- Germany -- History.
Environmental policy -- United States -- History.
Smoke prevention -- Germany -- History.
Smoke prevention -- United States -- History.
Air Pollutants -- adverse effects.
Air Pollution -- prevention & control.
Coal -- adverse effects.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Public Health.
Smoke -- adverse effects.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822973502 (electronic bk.)
9780822973508 (electronic bk.)
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