Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things


By (author) Rick Smith, By (author) Bruce Lourie, With Sarah Dopp

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  • Publisher: COUNTERPOINT
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 28mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Berkeley
  • ISBN 10: 1582437025
  • ISBN 13: 9781582437026
  • Sales rank: 6,235

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Pollution is not only an abstract, distant problem seen in belching smokestacks and contaminated waterways; it's also personal. Some of the most dangerous pollutants come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces--shampoos and toothpastes, carpets and children's toys. To prove this point, leading environmentalists Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie conducted their own research by ingesting and inhaling a host of things that are part of our everyday lives. Using their own bodies as the reference point to tell the story of pollution in our modern world, they expose the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe. This book--the testimony of their experience--exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives.

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Praise for "Slow Death by Rubber Duck" "Beware the smiling creature in your bathtub: it's yellow, it squeaks, your kids love it, and it gets into your bloodstream--literally." --"High Country News" "Enviro-porn." "Undertaking a cheeky experiment in self-contamination, professional Canadian environmentalists Smith and Lourie expose themselves to hazardous everyday substances, then measure the consequences . . . Throughout, the duo weave scientific data and recent political history into an amusing but unnerving narrative, refusing to sugarcoat any of the data (though protection is possible, exposure is inevitable) while maintaining a welcome sense of humor." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) ""Slow Death by Rubber Duck"'s real achievement is in documenting how chemical giants stay a step ahead of regulators, and those revelations make the book a fascinating and frightening read." --"The Week" ""Slow Death by Rubber Duck" . . . isn't just alarmist environmental shock and awe. It's a thoughtful look at how pollution has shifted over the years from something tangible and transparent (industrial pollutants as the cause of acid rain) to something abstract and nuanced (BPA's links to breast cancer). The challenges this change presents, as many of the world's top scientists explain in these pages, should be of serious concern to us all." --"O: The Oprah Magazine" ""Slow Death by Rubber Duck" is hard-hitting in a way that turns your stomach and yet also instills hope for a future in which consumers make safer, more informed choices and push their governments to impose tougher regulations on the chemicals all around us." --"The Washington Post" "This is one scary book. Using a variety of test methods, the authors determined individual 'body burdens, ' or the toxic chemical load we carry. The innocuous rubber duck, for example, offers a poison soup of phthalates that 'permeate the environment and humans.' From o