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Fatal Airs: The Deadly History and Apocalyptic Future of by Scott Christianson

By Scott Christianson

Fatal Airs: The lethal historical past and Apocalyptic way forward for deadly Gases That Threaten Our World relates the fascinating—and appalling—stories of the invention, improvement, purposes, and occupational and public wellbeing and fitness risks of average and man-made gases. a few of these gases have figured in mass extinctions. Others have created havoc via their use in chemical battle or their unintended unencumber.

Among the loads of synthetic deadly gases, numerous were singled out for consciousness, together with chlorine, phosgene, mustard fuel, lewisite, hydrogen cyanide, and the nerve brokers tabun, sarin, soman, VX, and methyl isocyanate. The publication additionally examines a few evidently happening gases, reminiscent of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, methane, and radon. colourful debts catch the features and historical past of every of those mysterious elements, concentrating on key episodes in clinical discovery and exploration because international warfare I.

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