Mercury Pollution: A Transdisciplinary Treatment by Sharon L. Zuber, Michael C. Newman

By Sharon L. Zuber, Michael C. Newman

How does mercury get out of the floor and into our nutrition? Is tuna fit for human consumption? What used to be the Minamata catastrophe? Mercury pollutants: A Transdisciplinary remedy addresses those questions and extra. The editors weave interdisciplinary threads right into a tapestry that offers a extra whole photograph of the consequences of mercury toxins and offers new how one can take into consideration the surroundings. The striking positive aspects that make mercury so useful—and poisonous—have given upward push to many tales specified by wealthy aim aspect, conscientiously detailing clinical, epidemiological, or old perception, yet sidestepping the human adventure. A technically wealthy booklet that in simple terms touches at the human outcomes of mercury poisoning can't totally painting the suffering, confusion, and painful deaths which are the end result of mercury toxins. accordingly, the editors purposely step out of the normal medical framework for discussing mercury pollutants to discover the broader human event. This publication clarifies how we're all attached to mercury, how we take in it in the course of the nutrition we devour and the air we breathe, and the way we unlock it by reason of our new applied sciences. It tackles attention-grabbing environmental concerns with no being overly technical and makes use of mercury as a case research and version for learning environmental difficulties. The ebook makes use of discussions of the problems surrounding mercury toxins to demonstrate how an interdisciplinary vantage is important to unravel environmental problems.Read an editorial in the SETAC Globe by way of Michael C. Newman and Sharon L. Zuber at http://www.setac.org/globe/2011/november/mercury-pollution.html

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22 Mercury in Spanish America’s Late Colonial Revival......................................... 23 Mercury in the California Gold Rush and Western US Bonanzas....................... 26 The Price of Power.................................................................................................... 27 The Age of Activism................................................................................................. 28 Modern Activism vs. Mercury Pollution..............................................................

Ryan Lewis (’10), Creative Services, College of William & Mary. Key to Maps and Related Chapters xxxi 1 When the Scientific Vantage Is Not Enough* Michael C. Newman CONTENTS Introduction................................................................................................................. 1 W. Eugene Smith......................................................................................................... 6 The Truth about Minamata.......................................................................................

By the time Napoleon’s forces invaded Spain and removed Charles IV from power, Mexico alone was minting nearly 20 million “silver dollars” a year. Its price reduced, thanks to crown intervention, mercury was consumed at a higher rate than ever. However, a literal cloud of mercury vapor settled over the famed silver cities of Spanish America. Thus, in generating a huge portion of the world’s money supply, generations of poor workers and their families, most of them Native Americans, absorbed this unwitting “cost” of production, and many generations of enslaved Africans suffered from work in the refineries and mints.

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