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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 28mm | 399.16g
  • COUNTERPOINT
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1582437025
  • 9781582437026
  • 13,712

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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." --Forbes.com "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 justhshow more

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