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Children and Pollution: Why Scientists Disagree / Edition 2

Children and Pollution: Why Scientists Disagree / Edition 2

by Colleen F Moore, PhD
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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195386660
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/08/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies 03

2 Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story 37

3 PCBs: Another Global Pollutant 68

4 Neurotoxins Influence Neurodevelopment: Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides 104

5 Noise: A Barrier to Children's Learning 140

6 It Isn't Fair: Environmental Pollution Disasters and Community Relocations 174

7 The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children 224

8 Protect Your Family, Protect Our Planet 239

Afterword: A Few Remarks on Global Warming 253

Appendix: Understanding Two Important Statistical Concepts 255

Endnotes 259

References 291

Index 339

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