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By Douglas Cazaux Sackman

ISBN-10: 1405156651

ISBN-13: 9781405156653

A significant other to American Environmental History gathers jointly a finished selection of over 30 essays that study the evolving and numerous box of yank environmental history.

  • Provides a whole historiography of yankee environmental history
  • Brings the sphere up to date to mirror the newest developments and encourages new instructions for the field
  • Includes the paintings of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the sector, to  contributions from cutting edge younger scholars
  • Takes inventory of the self-discipline via 5 topically themed components, with essays starting from American Indian Environmental kinfolk to towns and Suburbs

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By the late 1980s, the reservoir had been closed, capped with soil, and declared a toxic waste dump (Garone 2006). The pungent odor of mosquito repellent emanates from your clothes days after you spray it on. If your brand is effective, it likely contains the miracle chemical DEET (technically known as N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), which is the most widely used insect repellent and until very recently the only one approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency 2009). You mean to repel mosquitoes, not kill other creatures.

If few people thought about chemical pesticides before World War II, you have been aware of such threats practically since you could read. That is why you wonder about DEET. And you will not be completely surprised to learn that even here you are at some risk. Occasionally, plumes of valley insecticides drift high into the Sierra Nevada. In minute quantities, they are likely in that snow, and in your drink. And so they run back down into the San Joaquin River, into fish and into the bodies of consumers in Fresno, and workers in the fields (McConnell et al.

We cannot shut it down without causing enormous political and social damage. For all the harm we continue to inflict on it intentionally or not, we labor mightily, and sometimes blindly, to keep the river from failing completely. This is the Faustian bargain of the organic machine. All we can do is attempt to manage it – and that imperative entails a thousand disputes, among them how best to behave at its headwaters so the river, however unnatural it may be, can continue to flow. One long day of hiking will get you from the base of Mt.

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