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Main Title Mercury pollution : a transdisciplinary treatment /
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Zuber, Sharon L.
Newman, Michael C.
Publisher CRC Press,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 457164109
ISBN 9781439833841 (hbk. : alk. paper); 1439833842 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Subjects Mercury--Environmental aspects. ; Mercury--Toxicology. ; Mercury--Health aspects. ; SCIENCE / Environmental Science
Internet Access
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  TD196.M38M4686 2012 Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 10/25/2011
ELBM  TD196.M38M4686 2012 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 09/09/2013
Collation xxxi, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
When the scientific vantage is not enough / Michael C. Newman -- Dangerous attractions: mercury in human history / Kris Lane -- Human impacts on Earth's natural mercury cycle / Elizabeth Malcolm -- Mercury by the numbers / Michael C. Newman and Kenneth M. Y. Leung -- Is tuna safe? A sociological analysis of federal fish advisories / Kelly Joyce -- How USA Today constructs the problem of mercury pollution: a sociological analysis of risk and blame / Christine Mowery and Sarah Jane Brubaker -- Input/output: researching and communicating mercury issues online / John Garnett Drummond -- Making mercury visible: the Minamata documentaries of Tsuchimoto Noriaki [sic] / Justin Jesty -- Mercury-inspired arts / Kira Obolensky and Elizabeth Mead -- Writing as environmental stewardship / Sydney Landon Plum -- The necessity of international agreement / I.L. "Pep" Fuller and Clare Stankwitz -- Afterword: Through your eyes / Li Xiong and Sharon L. Zuber. "Using mercury pollution as an example, this book illustrates the interdisciplinary approach required for solving environmental problems. It explains the details of the natural cycling of mercury in and on the earth and discusses how humans have dramatically disrupted its exchange among the earths soil, air, and water. The chapters discuss history, media, and politics in relation to mercury and contain links to established websites with specific resources for readers. Also included are smaller case studies, such as the Minamata tragedy, fish consumption, and international treaties"-- "Mercury is the gravest chemical pollutant problem of our time, and this is the first publication that has undertaken holistic coverage of this truly global issue. This book is an outstanding product of the innovative Global Inquiry Groups (GIG) process of interdisciplinary collaboration, which brings together the physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities including the study of media, visual, and literary arts, uniquely enabling us to look at and understand mercury from the many perspectives needed in order to grasp the problem in its totality. This book clarifies how we are all connected to mercury, how we take it in through the food we eat and the air we breathe, and how we release it as a consequence of our lifestyle. It tells us about the relationship people have had with mercury from ancient to modern times. It tells us how people have given artistic expression to the ravages of mercury, touching our emotions and changing us. It refers to the social injustice of mercury pollution. This book is an attempt to communicate beyond the walls of academia to a larger audience. Therefore, on behalf of the authors of chapters within this book and the mercury group, I invite you to explore metal mercury from the varied perspectives of history, science, sociology, government, writing, and art. Each chapter represents a disciplinary thread from the GIG. Our goal was to weave these interdisciplinary threads into a tapestry that presents a more complete picture of the effects of mercury pollution and to provide new ways to think about the environment and our individual responsibility toward each other and our earth"--