Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element
Henrik Selin, Noelle Eckley Selin
An interdisciplinary analysis of human interactions with mercury through history that sheds light on efforts to promote and achieve sustainability.
In Mercury Stories, Henrik Selin and Noelle Eckley Selin examine sustainability through analyzing human interactions with mercury over thousands of years. They explore how people have made beneficial use of this volatile element, how they have been harmed by its toxic properties, and how they have tried to protect themselves and the environment from its damaging effects. Taking a systems approach, they develop and apply an analytical framework that can inform other efforts to evaluate and promote sustainability.