Silent Scourge

Silent Scourge : Children, Pollution, and Why Scientists Disagree

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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? This clearly written book, traces the debates over 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. It focuses, in particular, on the impact of these pollutants on children's psychological development, their intellectual functioning, behaviour, 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. This volume will be of great interest to parents, child health care experts, public health officials, regulators, and health and environmental more

Product details

  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 162 x 238 x 32mm | 621.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous figures
  • 019515391X
  • 9780195153910

About Colleen F. Moore

Colleen Moore is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, more

Table of contents

Prologue ; 1. Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversy ; 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 Environmental Policy to Protect Children ; Appendix: Two Important Statistical Conceptsshow more

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This book provides essential and useful information on the effects of pollution on the quality of life of children, including their overall development and psychological wellbeing. * CAB Abstracts *show more

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