© 1999

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

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

About the editors

Andrew Meharg is Professor of Biogeochemistry at the University of Aberdeen where he studies and teaches on the impact of pollutants on the environment. His particular interest is how arsenic interacts with plants, animals and humans. In this capacity he has advised national and international government and aid bodies. Andrew has published numerous academic papers, book chapters and popular press articles on his research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Development, Governance and the Environment in South Asia
  • Book Subtitle A Focus on Bangladesh
  • Editors Mohammad Alauddin
    Samiul Hasan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-73974-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-27633-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27631-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 371
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
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