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The Invisible Killer is written by Dr. Gary Fuller, a London-based air pollution expert who writes the bi-monthly Pollutionwatch column for the Guardian and is a regular media figurehead. Packed with extraordinary stories of the people, towns and communities affected by air pollution, and those whose research revealed radical discoveries, this book outlines in a clear and engaging way the growing problem of air pollution in the 21st century and what needs to be done to tackle it.
The air pollution that we breathe every day is largely invisible – but it is killing us. How did it get this bad, and how can we stop it? Far from a modern-day problem, scientists were aware of the impact of air pollution as far back as the seventeenth century. Now, as more of us live in cities, we are closer than ever to pollution sources and the detrimental impact on the environment and our health has reached crisis point.
Gary Fuller’s global story examines devastating incidents from London’s Great Smog to Norway’s acid rain; Los Angeles’s traffic problem to wood burning damage in New Zealand. Fuller argues that the only way to alter the future course of our planet and improve collective global health is for city and national governments to stop ignoring evidence and take action, persuading the public and making polluters bear the full cost of the harm that they do. The Invisible Killer is an essential book for our times and a cautionary tale we must heed.
- 'An admirably clear book and an appropriately urgent one.' The Sunday Times
- ‘Takes us on a breathless, alternative tour... Fuller pulls no punches.' The Evening Standard (Book of the Week)
- 'Compelling exploration of an insidious crisis.' Nature
- ‘Engagingly told… fascinating… behaviour must change.’ The Times
- ‘This compelling book is a must-read for all.’ Damian Carrington, Guardian
- ‘The book provides important insights... recommended reading for everyone.' The Lancet
Dr Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at King's College London. He leads the development of the London Air Quality Network, making information on air pollution more accessible to the public. He writes the Pollutionwatch series for the Guardian and was one of Evening Standard’s ‘Progress 1000’ selections, highlighting London’s most influential people in 2017.