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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. Only by understanding the impact of pollution can we prevent future negative effects on quality of life and even pollution disasters from occurring.
1. Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies
2. Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story
3. PCBs: Another Global Pollutant
4. Why Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides Should Be Studied
5. Noise and Children's Development
6. It Isn't Fair: Environmental Pollution Disasters and Community Relocations
7. The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children
Appendix: Two Important Statistical Concepts