Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution




      Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
Nothing is as elemental, as essential to human life, as the air we breathe Yet around the world, in rich countries and poor ones, it is quietly poisoning usAir pollution prematurely kills seven million people every year, including than one hundred thousand Americans It is strongly linked to strokes, heart attacks, many kinds of cancer, dementia, and premature birth, among other ailments In Choked, Beth Gardiner travels the world to tell the story of this modern day plague, taking readers from the halls of power in Washington and the diesel fogged London streets she walks with her daughter to Poland s coal heartland and India s gasping capital In a gripping narrative that s alive with powerful voices and personalities, she exposes the political decisions and economic forces that have kept so many of us breathing dirty air This is a moving, up close look at the human toll, where we meet the scientists who have transformed our understanding of pollution s effects on the body and the ordinary people fighting for a cleaner future In the United States, air is far cleaner than it once was But progress has failed to keep up with the science, which tells us that even today s lower pollution levels are doing real damage And as the Trump administration rips up the regulations that have brought us where we are, decades of gains are now at risk Elsewhere, the problem is far worse, and choking nations like China are scrambling to replicate the achievements of an American agency the EPA that until recently was the envy of the world Clean air feels like a birthright But it can disappear in a puff of smoke if the rules that protect it are unraveled At home and around the world, it s never been important to understand how progress happened and what dangers might still be in store Choked shows us that we hold the power to build a cleaner, healthier future one in which breathing, life s most basic function, no longer carries a hidden danger. Free Download eBook Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution author Beth Gardiner – heartforum.co.uk

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      Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
 By Beth Gardiner IBN : 022649585X Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 312 pages
  • Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
  • Beth Gardiner
  • English
  • 08 October 2018
  • 022649585X

10 thoughts on “ Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

  1. Anna says:

    I blurbed it Choked is an extraordinary history of the air we breathe Brilliantly reported and beautifully written, it takes us on a global tour that illuminates what s at stake when we fail to prioritize people s and the planet s health Gardiner sheds myths, wrestles with moral complexity, and reveals the social injustices that make air pollution a danger that both connects and divides us Along the way, her candid interviews sketch an inspiring blueprint for how to move forward in one of I blurbed it Choked is an extraordinary history of the air we breathe Brilliantly reported and beautifully written, it takes us on a global tour that illuminates what s at stake when we fail to prioritize people s and the planet s health Gardiner sheds myths, wrestles with moral complexity, and reveals the social injustices that make air pollution a danger that both connects and divides us Along the way, her candid interviews sketch an inspiring blueprint for ...

  2. Ietrio says:

    A hystertical we re all going to die if we do not repent about quite a common fact It was worse a hundred years ago It still is in the developing world It even happens naturally, for example when a volcano erupts.

  3. Martha Fiorentini says:

    An extremely informative new nonfiction book about air pollution around the world and how various countries are fighting to combat it Sadly, while China, in particular, is working to clean up their air, the USA under Trump is rolling backwards.

  4. Deidre says:

    Not a book everyone would want to read But I really enjoyed reading the chapters on the development and fights around the US Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Some of the other parts of this book feel like short anecdotes that she tries to make into a whole chapter Overa...

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