Understanding Environmental Pollution

Understanding Environmental Pollution

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The third edition of this well-received textbook delivers a concise overview of global and individual environmental pollution for undergraduate courses, presenting students with the tools to assess environmental issues. With more than 30% new material, Hill assesses pollution from an international perspective, including air and water pollution, global warming, energy, solid and hazardous waste, and pollution at home. Both the sources and impacts of pollution are addressed, as well as governmental, corporate, and personal responsibility for pollution, and pollution prevention is emphasized throughout. Non-technical language encourages greater understanding of these often complex issues, and thought-provoking 'Delving Deeper' exercises are included, increasing engagement with the text and enabling students to apply what they have learned. A new chapter on the chemistry basics of pollution links to sections on toxicology and risk assessment, helping students understand concerns over chemicals and their regulation. An essential review of environmental pollution for environmental science students.Why radon concerns us26 As a radioisotope decays, it emits ionizing radiation27 a€“ an alpha particle, a beta particle, or gammarays. ... Thesoliddaughters, polonium-218andpolonium-214, have half-lives of 3 minutes and less than 1 second, respectively. ... Cells repair such damage, but not always. ... Levels are lower in summer, when a house is more open, so testing is done in winter to find the highest levels. ... US EPA, March 26, 2009, http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/ citguide.html.

Title:Understanding Environmental Pollution
Author:Marquita K. Hill
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-04-22


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