Economic production that produces toxic externalities like global warming, dead oceans, undrinkable water, unbreathable
air, etc, depends on assigning little or no value to these.
In fact, you have less than two minutes to escape in a fire before the air becomes unbreathable
and you're rendered unconscious, so an early warning is vital to make a safe escape.
Dixon knew that the Hunley could remain submerged for 2 1/2 hours before the air became unbreathable
Once they landed, the astronauts would have to survive in a freezing, windswept world with unbreathable
air and 38 percent of Earth's gravity.
In his lawsuit, Moore points out various similarities, including bioluminescent flora/plant life, unbreathable
atmospheres, matriarch support of hero vs.
As the air became unbreathable
from exhaust fumes, migrants tried to exit but the boat was too packed for those standing above to move aside.
To use an image employed by Marshall McLuhan and Dean Barnlund, we "see" that water is unbreathable
, and that gives us a different relationship to it than that of fish (McLuhan and Zingrone, Essential 35; Barnlund 22).
Just when I dared to hope an environmental catastrophe may be averted, he scared the bejesus out of me with another account of soil laced with toxic metals, of unbreathable
air and untouchable rivers.
The cold window-pane on which Verloc leans his forehead with anguish is but a "fragile film of glass" (Secret 57): the film of reality is indeed too thin to repel the slimy, unbreathable
substance which blurs the distinction between air and water, surface and depth: the street is like "a slimy aquarium from which the water had been run off," a police constable emerges from nowhere, "as if he too were part of inorganic nature, surging apparently out of a lamp-post" (Secret 147, 14).
Chapter 17 of At the Sharp End, entitled "Living in a Sewer," shows us that that is exactly what the trenches and dugouts were: rat-infested underground cesspools of unbreathable
stenches and stagnant poison gases, suffocating claustrophobia, slimy mud walls mortared with putrefying corpses and constant, unrelenting fear.
The air outside might be nearly unbreathable
, but at least you're substantially less likely to be irritated by unwanted calls between bites.
No one in Los Angeles would dream of going to a restaurant with less than an "A" rating, even if the air, inside or out, were unbreathable