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Written by a renowned expert in urban studies, this book puts forth a powerful and troubling analysis of how pollution is stifling economies and extinguishing human life based on hard data from sources like the U.S. Census, the Center for Disease Control, and the Social Security Administration.
The evidence is clear: pollution is the leading cause of greenhouse gases that are resulting in climate change. Not only do studies estimate that at least 3.5 million lives have been shortened by environmental toxins around the world over the last decade, but that 7 million more will face premature death due to environmental toxins across the next 10 years.|
This book focuses on the intersection of environmental degradation and public health, documenting how pollution and other environmental abuses are reducing quality and length of life, as well as causing economic losses as well. The chapters examine the widespread negative effects of air pollution by industrial smokestacks, poor planning, and automobile emissions to ground and water pollution from agricultural runoff, hazardous waste spills, and toxic waste dumps. The roles of both the polluters and the politicians who fail to regulate the activity are discussed.
Readers will also learn about the more subtle damage caused by third-hand smoke and the legacy effects of smoking tobacco in homes and apartments, and they will understand the grave problem of environmental degradation in cities, where pollution and the resulting threat to dense populations is highest. The author shines a spotlight on the issue of "environmental racism," a phenomenon where the most polluted places are home to a far larger percentage of "minorities"—African Americans and Latinos, most noticeably—than white Americans. This book also suggests potential solutions to the complex problems of pollution.
- Provides scientific proof that the most successful cities are those with low pollution levels and that pollution is the leading cause of greenhouse gases that cause climate change
- Presents the findings of evidence-based research that pushes back against climate change deniers
- Supplies analysis of environmental problems and realistic solutions for community activists and elected leaders to act on
- Appropriate for courses in sociology, environmental studies, sustainability, public administration, planning, and political science