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Children and Pollution Why Scientists Disagree

ISBN-10: 0195386663
ISBN-13: 9780195386660
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Colleen F. Moore
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Description: How does pollution impact our daily quality of life? What are the effects of pollution on children's development? Why do industry and environmental experts disagree about what levels of pollutants are safe? In this clearly written book, Moore traces  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

How does pollution impact our daily quality of life? What are the effects of pollution on children's development? Why do industry and environmental experts disagree about what levels of pollutants are safe? In this clearly written book, Moore traces the debates around five key pollutants---lead, mercury, noise, pesticides, and dioxins and PCBs---and provides an overview of the history of each pollutant, basic research findings, and the scientific and regulatory controversies surrounding it. Moore focuses, in particular, on the impact of these pollutants on children's psychological development---their intellectual functioning, behavior, and emotional states, and provides practical strategies for avoiding exposure to environmental contaminants in a final chapter entitled "Protect Your Family, Protect Our Planet." Only by understanding the impact of pollution can we prevent future negative effects on quality of life and even pollution disasters from occurring. This volume will be of great interest to child health care experts, public health officials, regulators, health and environmental advocates, and parents.

Prologue
Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies
Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story
PCBs: Another Global Pollutant
Neurotoxins Influence Neurodevelopment: Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides
Noise: A Barrier to Children's Learning
It Isn't Fair: Environmental Pollution Disasters and Community Relocations
The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children
Protect Your Family, Protect Our Planet
Afterword: A Few Remarks on Global Warming
Appendix: Understanding Two Important Statistical Concepts
Endnotes
References
Index

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