The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective

  title={The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective},
  author={Joel A. Tarr},
Whether it comes by air, by land, or by water, pollution has long plagued the American city. And for just as long, the question of how to deal with urban wastes has taxed the minds of scientists, engineers, and public officials - and the pocketbooks of ordinary citizens. For over twenty years, Joel A Tarr has written about the issues of urban pollution. In this collection of his essays, Professor Tarr surveys what technology has done to, and for, the environment of the American city since 1850… Expand
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  • H. Platt
  • History
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • 2002
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