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Pollutants, Human Health and the Environment A Risk Based Approach

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ISBN-10: 0470742607

ISBN-13: 9780470742600

Edition: 2011

Authors: Jane A. Plant, K. Vala Ragnarsdottir, Nick Voulvoulis

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Pollutants, The Environment and Human Health 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 will follow a similar format to facilitate comparison and discussion in the final chapter to help the reader prioritise chemicals of concern. 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 will deal 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 will be a discussion about the various risk assessment frameworks and regulations covering the main pollutants. Each chapter will be written by 2-3 authors including one of the editors and one active researcher in the field and all chapters will follow the structure shown below:  ·       Sources ·       Pathways ·       Levels in the environment (predicted /measured) ·       Toxicology – Human and environmental ·       Fate: bioaccumulation, degradation, transformation ·       Mitigation/remediation
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 12/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Forewords
Tribute
The Editors
Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The scientific appraisal of hazardous substances in the environment
Introduction
Fundamental concepts of toxicology
Some notions of environmental epidemiology
Scientific evidence and the precautionary principle
Uncertainty and controversy: the endocrine disruption example
Concluding remarks
References
Regulatory systems and guidelines for the management of risk
Introduction
Current regulation on chemicals
Guideline values
Conclusions and recommendations
References
Essential and beneficial trace elements
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Environmental pathways
Effects on human receptors
Risk reduction
References
Toxic trace elements
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Environmental pathways
Effects on human receptors
Risk reduction
References
Radioactivity and radioelements
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Environmental pathways
Bioaccessibility and bioavailability
Risk reduction
References
Industrial chemicals
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Environmental pathways
Human health
Risk reduction and future trends
References
Agricultural pesticides and chemical fertilisers
Introduction
Pesticides
Fertilisers
Risk reduction for pesticides and chemical fertilisers
References
Pharmaceuticals and personal-care products
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Anthropogenic sources
Pathways and environmental fate
Physiological effects
Risk assessment, communication and reduction
Future trends
References
Naturally occurring oestrogens
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Environmental pathways
Effects on humans
Risk reduction
References
Airborne particles
Introduction
Hazardous properties
Sources
Global pathways
Health effects of inhaled particulate material
Risk reduction and future trends
References
Engineered nanomaterials
Introduction
Useful and hazardous properties
Sources of NPs
Environmental pathways
Regulation and effects on human receptors
Future trends and risk reduction
References
Conclusions: pollutants, risk and society
Index