The Environmental Crisis

Understanding the Value of Nature

  • Mark Rowlands
  • Editors
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mark Rowlands
    Pages 34-50
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  5. Mark Rowlands
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 179-191

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.


alchemy America crisis environment Greece history history of literature India medicine nature politics tragedy understanding water William Morris

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Rowlands
    • 1
  1. 1.University CollegeCorkIreland

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