Development, Governance and the Environment in South Asia

A Focus on Bangladesh

  • Mohammad Alauddin
  • Samiul Hasan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Akhter Ahmed
    Pages 141-159
  3. M. Rafiqul Islam
    Pages 161-180
  4. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque
    Pages 211-223
  5. Mohammad Alauddin, M. Akhter Hamid
    Pages 289-299
  6. Nilufar Jahan, Mohammad Alauddin
    Pages 301-313
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 333-371

About this book


The worst chemical disaster ever could be happening right now. In India and Bangladesh between forty and eighty million people are at risk of consuming too much arsenic from well water that might have already caused one hundred thousand cancer cases and thousands of deaths. Many millions elsewhere in South-East Asia and South America may soon suffer a similar fate. Venomous Earth is the story of this tragedy: the geology, the biology, the politics and the history. It starts in Ancient Greece, touches down in today's North America and takes in William Morris, alchemy, farming, medicine, mining and a cosmetic that killed two popes.


Asia development East Asia environment science and technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Alauddin
    • 1
  • Samiul Hasan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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