Children and Pollution: Why Scientists Disagree

Paperback | April 22, 2009

byColleen F. Moore

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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 psychologicaldevelopment - 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 preventfuture 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.

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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 a...

Colleen Moore is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:April 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Prologue1. Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies2. Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story3. PCBs: Another Global Pollutant4. Neurotoxins Influence Neurodevelopment: Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides5. Noise: A Barrier to Children's Learning6. It Isn't Fair: Environmental Pollution Disasters and Community Relocations7. The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children8. Protect Your Family, Protect Our PlanetAfterword: A Few Remarks on Global Warming Appendix: Understanding Two Important Statistical ConceptsNotesReferencesIndex