Silent Scourge: Children, Pollution, and Why Scientists Disagree

Hardcover | March 15, 2003

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 keypollutants---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'spsychological development--- their intellectual functioning, behavior, 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, childhealth care experts, public health officials, regulators, and health and environmental advocates.

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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 keypollutants---lead, mercury, noise, pesticides, and dioxins a...

Colleen Moore is Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019515391X

ISBN - 13:9780195153910

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Prologue1. Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies2. Mercury: Not Just a Fish Story3. PCBs: Another Global Pollutant4. Why Organophosphorus and Carbamate Pesticides Should Be Studied5. Noise and Children's Development6. It Isn't Fair: Environmental Pollution Disasters and Community Relocations7. The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect ChildrenAppendix: Two Important Statistical ConceptsNotesReferencesIndex