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Author Walker, Brett L., 1967-

Title Toxic archipelago : a history of industrial disease in Japan / Brett L. Walker ; foreword by Willima Cronon
Published Seattle ; London : University of Washington Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 284 pages) : illustrations
Series Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Contents Introduction: Knowing Nature -- 1. The Agency of Insects -- 2. The Agency of Chemicals -- 3. Copper Mining and Ecological Collapse -- 4. Engineering Pain in the Jinzu River Basin -- 6. Hell at the Hojo Colliery
Summary "Every person on the planet is entangled in a web of ecological relationships that link farms and factories with human consumers. Our lives depend on these relationships - and are imperiled by them as well. Nowhere is this truer than on the Japanese archipelago." "During the nineteenth century, Japan saw the rise of Homo sapiens industrialis, a new breed of human transformed by an engineered, industrialized, and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely from mines, factory sites, and rice paddies into human bodies." "Toxic Archipelago explores how toxic pollution works its way into porous human bodies and brings unimaginable pain to some of them. Brett Walker examines startling case studies of industrial toxins: deaths from insecticide contaminations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos." "This powerful, probing book demonstrates how the Japanese archipelago has become industrialized over the last two hundred years - and how people and the environment have suffered as a consequence."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-269) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Human ecology -- Japan -- History.
Occupational diseases -- Japan -- History.
Ecological and Environmental Phenomena.
Occupational Diseases -- history.
Japan -- Environmental conditions.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009037663
ISBN 0295803010 (electronic bk.)
9780295803012 (electronic bk.)