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

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

Editor(s): Jane A. Plant, Nikolaos Voulvoulis, K. Vala Ragnarsdottir

Published Online: 10 FEB 2012 06:41AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470742617

Online ISBN: 9781119950127

DOI: 10.1002/9781119950127

About this Book

Pollutants, Human Health andthe 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

Table of contents

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    2. Introduction (pages 1–4)

      Jane A. Plant, Nikolaos Voulvoulis and K. Vala Ragnarsdottir

    3. Chapter 2

      Regulatory Systems and Guidelines for the Management of Risk (pages 27–51)

      Dieudonné-Guy Ohandja, Sally Donovan, Pamela Castle, Nikolaos Voulvoulis and Jane A. Plant

    4. Chapter 4

      Toxic Trace Elements (pages 87–114)

      Jilang Pan, Ho-Sik Chon, Mark R. Cave, Christopher J. Oates and Jane A. Plant

    5. Chapter 5

      Radioactivity and Radioelements (pages 115–146)

      Jane A. Plant, Barry Smith, Xiyu Phoon and K. Vala Ragnarsdottir

    6. Chapter 6

      Industrial Chemicals (pages 147–179)

      Danelle Dhaniram, Alexandra Collins, Khareen Singh and Nikolaos Voulvoulis

    7. Chapter 7

      Agricultural Pesticides and Chemical Fertilisers (pages 181–206)

      Rebecca McKinlay, Jason Dassyne, Mustafa B. A. Djamgoz, Jane A. Plant and Nikolaos Voulvoulis

    8. Chapter 8

      Pharmaceuticals and Personal-Care Products (pages 207–227)

      James Treadgold, Qin-Tao Liu, Jane A. Plant and Nikolaos Voulvoulis

    9. Chapter 10

      Airborne Particles (pages 255–286)

      Edward Derbyshire, Claire J. Horwell, Timothy P. Jones and Teresa D. Tetley

    10. Chapter 11

      Engineered Nanomaterials (pages 287–318)

      Superb K. Misra, Teresa D. Tetley, Andrew Thorley, Aldo R. Boccaccini and Eugenia Valsami-Jones

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      Conclusions: Pollutants, Risk and Society (pages 319–326)

      Richard Owen, Jane A. Plant, K. Vala Ragnarsdottir and Nikolaos Voulvoulis

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