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Pollutants, Human Health and the Environment: A Risk Based Approach

ISBN: 978-0-470-74261-7
356 pages
March 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

Pollutants, Human Health and the Environment is a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of environmental pollutants that are of current concern to human health.

Clearly structured throughout, the main body of the book is divided by pollutant type with a chapter devoted to each group of pollutants. Each chapter follows a similar format to facilitate comparison and discussion. For each pollutant, the authors describe the sources, pathways, environmental fate and sinks as well as known toxicological effects. Importantly, the second chapter on heavy metals and other inorganic substances deals with trace element deficiencies which can have serious problems for human health. Some rocks and soils are naturally low in some trace elements and intensive agriculture over the past half century has effectively mined many trace elements reducing their levels in soils and crops. The final chapter is a discussion about the various risk assessment frameworks and regulations covering the main pollutants.

  • Comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of environmental pollutants of concern to human health
  • Clearly divided into pollutant type with each chapter devoted to a different pollutant group
  • Clearly structured throughout with the same format for each chapter to help facilitate comparison and discussion and enable readers to prioritise chemicals of concern
  • Description of the sources, pathways, environmental fate and known toxicological effect
  • Includes contributions from leading researchers and edited by a team of experts in the field

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