The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution- and How We Can Fight Back

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Melville House, Mar 19, 2019 - Political Science - 320 pages
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An urgent examination of one of the biggest global crises facing us today—the drastic worsening of air pollutionand what we can do about it

The air pollution that we breathe every day is largely invisible—but it is killing us. How did it get this bad, and how can we stop it?

Far from a modern-day problem, scientists were aware of the impact of air pollution as far back as the seventeenth century. Now, as more of us live in cities, we are closer than ever to pollution sources, and the detrimental impact on the environment and our health has reached crisis point.

The Invisible Killer will introduce you to the incredible individuals whose groundbreaking research paved the way to today's understanding of air pollution, often at their own detriment. Gary Fuller's global story examines devastating incidents from London's Great Smog to Norway's acid rain; Los Angeles' traffic problem to wood-burning damage in New Zealand.

Fuller argues that the only way to alter the future course of our planet and improve collective global health is for city and national governments to stop ignoring evidence and take action, persuading the public and making polluters bear the full cost of the harm that they do. The decisions that we make today will impact on our health for decades to come.

The Invisible Killer is an essential book for our times and a cautionary tale we need to take heed of.
 

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Contents

Warning signs ignored
19
Part 2
33
The madness of lead in gasoline
51
Acid rain and the particles that form in our air
71
A tale of six cities
85
A global tour in a polluted world
99
Counting particles and the enigma of modern air pollution
125
Woodburning the most natural way to heat my home?
159
The wrong transportation
189
Cleaning the air
215
Part 4
229
Acknowledgements
255
Index
295
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Dr. Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at King's College London. He led the development of the London Air Quality Network, making information on air pollution more accessible to the public. He frequently appears on television, writes the Pollutionwatch series for the Guardian, and was one of Evening Standard's 'Progress 1000' selections, highlighting London's most influential people. He has given evidence to parliament and is a government advisory group member.

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