Understanding Environmental Pollution: A Primer

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Cambridge University Press, 13 oct. 1997 - 316 pagini
A lucidly-written and thorough approach to comprehending pollution issues, Understanding Environmental Pollution systematically addresses issues from global stratospheric ozone depletion to personal pollution in the home. The author identifies pollutants and their sources, addresses the risks to humans and the environment, and discusses what is being done to reduce emissions. Although it focuses on the United States, this book considers the global implications of local pollution and stresses both individual and corporate responsibility. The book provides basic concepts in toxicology and risk assessment next to contrary opinions on major issues, enabling curious undergraduate students to evaluate environmental problems, realizing that there may not be a "right" answer.
 

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UNDERSTANDING POLLUTION
1
CHEMICAL AND POLLUTANT CATEGORIES
7
LIMITS TO POLLUTION CONTROL
12
FURTHER READING
20
POLLUTION PREVENTION
21
RECYCLING AND REUSE
24
TREATMENT
27
DISPOSAL
28
WETLANDS
167
FURTHER READING
169
SOLID WASTE
170
HAZARDOUS WASTE
190
HAZARDOUS WASTE SITES
194
FURTHER READING
204
METALS
205
LEAD
211

GOING BEYOND POLLUTION PREVENTION
30
FURTHER READING
32
AN INTRODUCTION TO TOXICOLOGY
33
ABSORPTION DISTRIBUTION METABOLISM AND EXCRETION ADME
38
OTHER FACTORS AFFECTING TOXICITY
44
ORGAN SYSTEMS AFFECTED BY TOXICANTS
47
EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES
50
FURTHER READING
54
EVALUATING ENVIRONMENTAL RISK
55
CHEMICAL RISK ASSESSMENT
56
CHANGING THE RISK ASSESSMENT PROCESS
65
COMPARATIVE RISK ANALYSIS
70
FURTHER READING
78
AMBIENT AIR POLLUTION
80
HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS
95
VOLATILE ORGANIC CHEMICALS
98
FURTHER READING
101
AIR POLLUTION AND GLOBAL CHANGE
102
STRATOSPHERIC OZONE DEPLETION
112
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
123
FURTHER READING
137
WATER POLLUTION
138
WATER POLLUTANTS
139
DRINKING WATER
155
NEARCOASTAL WATERS AND ESTUARIES
162
GROUNDWATER
165
MERCURY
215
CADMIUM
219
ARSENIC
221
SELENIUM
222
FURTHER READING
224
PESTICIDES
225
WHAT ARE THE POLLUTANTS OF CONCERN?
230
WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF PESTICIDE POLLUTION?
235
HOW IS PESTICIDE USE CONTROLLED AND REDUCED?
237
THE SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES
242
FURTHER READING
244
ENVIRONMENTAL ESTROGENS
245
XENOESTROGENS AND HUMAN HEALTH
253
SCIENTIFIC UNCERTAINTY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
256
FURTHER READING
259
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND USE
260
MOTOR VEHICLES
261
POLLUTION FROM ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION AND USE
268
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
272
FURTHER READING
280
POLLUTION AT HOME
281
INDOOR AIR POLLUTION
289
FURTHER READING
303
INDEX
305
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