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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Paperback)

By Conway, Erik M.
By Oreskes, Naomi

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The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at ...the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers. Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly-some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is not settled denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. Doubt is our product, wrote one tobacco executive. These experts supplied it. Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, historians of science, roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.
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ISBN 9781408824832
Released AU 1 Jul 2012
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408824832
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 1 Jul 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Conway, Erik M.
By Oreskes, Naomi
Category Ethical Issues & Debates
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Global Warming
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 174.95
Weight 256g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly

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