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Environmental irony : summoning death in Bangladesh.

Atkins, P. J. and Hassan, M. M. and Dunn, C. E. (2007) 'Environmental irony : summoning death in Bangladesh.', Environment and planning A., 39 (11). pp. 2699-2714.


The arsenic crisis that affects at least thirty million water consumers in Bangladesh has been called the world’s greatest ever environmental health disaster. Although the problem and the potential solutions have been presented confidently in the media, the argument of this paper is that, ironically, very little of the science or the technology is certain. From the spatial and depth variabilities of contamination, through safety thresholds, to the accuracy of field testing kits, we find indeterminacy. We argue that rather than shying away from such uncertainty, however, mitigation policies must acknowledge and embrace it if any real progress is to be made.

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Publisher statement:Peter Atkins, Manzurul Hassan, Christine Dunn 2007. The definitive peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and planning A, 39/11, 2699-2714, 2007, 10.1068/a38123
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:27 November 2012
Date of first online publication:May 2007
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