The Elements of Environmental Pollution

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Routledge, Jul 14, 2017 - Business & Economics - 332 pages

Environmental pollution is one of humanity’s most pressing issues and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Anthropogenic activity is disturbing natural cycles and generating pollutants that are altering the atmosphere, accumulating in the food chain and contaminating the world’s soils, rivers and oceans. Human health and ecosystems continue to be damaged by toxic metals, persistent organic pollutants, radionuclides and other hazardous materials. The Elements of Environmental Pollution provides comprehensive coverage of this essential subject. It explains the key principles of pollution science, assesses human disturbances of natural element cycles and describes local and global pollution impacts, from smoggy cities, polluted lakes and toxic soils to climate change, ocean acidification and marine dead zones. The book is informed by the latest pollution research and benefits from numerous real-world examples and international case studies. A comprehensive glossary provides clear and concise explanations of key concepts.

This textbook will support teaching and learning in environment-related university courses and will be vital reading for anyone with an interest in environmental protection.


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Chlorine Cl
Chromium Cr
Copper Cu
Lead Pb
Mercury Hg
Nickel Ni
Selenium Se

Eutrophication and marine dead zones N
Arsenic As
Bromine Br
Cadmium Cd
Tin Sn
Additional environmental pollutants
Periodic table of the elements of environmental pollution
Ocean acidification C

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About the author (2017)

John Rieuwerts is Associate Professor in Environmental Science at Plymouth University, UK.