Farewell, King Coal

Farewell, King Coal : from industrial triumph to climatic disaster

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In writing this account of the rise and decline of the coal industry and its effects on the health of the miners, of those who worked with coal products and of almost all of us who have breathed in the pollution from its combustion, Professor Seaton points to the often hidden adverse consequences of transformative technologies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 725.75g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 1780460775
  • 9781780460772
  • 2,149,306

Table of contents

Introduction. 1: Early beginnings; 2. Earth, air, fire and water: the dangerous life of the coal miner; 3. The environment, disease and social reform; 4. King Coal: the rise to power; 5. The lungs and their diseases; 6. Anthracosis - the disease that disappeared; 7. What does coal do to miners' lungs? The Cardiff studies; 8. Tying it all up: bronchitis, emphysema and pneumoconiosis; 9. Oil, the usurper, and industrial cancers; 10. The inconvenience of the aer and smoake: the story of air pollution; 11. The story of a changing climate: the scientific discoveries; 12. The 21st century: the world and its changing climate; 13. Now it is up to us; 14. There is a Tide in the Affairs of Men. References and notes. Glossary. Index.
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About Anthony Seaton

Professor Seaton has worked as a chest physician and environmental medicine academic in West Virginia, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. He has been involved in research into lung diseases and air pollution for most of his career. His other publications include several medical textbooks and many popular essays in the Scottish Review.
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