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New book published by ACS examines chemical impacts

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 10, 2010

Taken from R&D Magazine

"New book examines health and environmental impacts  of common (and not-so-common) chemicals"


Chemicals pervade our lives. While the benefits to society  from the development of these chemicals have been impressive, enabling safer,  more efficient and more convenient consumer products and life-saving  pharmaceuticals, many chemicals also have a dark side. Today, a growing  awareness of the risks posed to humans and the environment from harmful  chemicals has stimulated intensive investigations into their lifecycle and the  unintended consequence of their use. The topic is vast, though much of what is  known about many potentially harmful chemicals has been assembled in a new book,  appearing this week: Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment:  Ecological and Health Considerations, published by the American Chemical  Society. Rolf Halden, a biologist and engineer at the Biodesign  Institute at Arizona State University edited the ambitious volume, which  provides a sourcebook to researchers in the field as well as to policymakers  grappling with the daunting challenges facing chemically reliant societies. "The  book consists of 27 chapters, covering everything from the sources of  environmental pollution with pharmaceuticals and personal care products and  other emerging contaminants, to exposure, environmental bioaccumulation and  health effects on aquatic and terrestrial biota, as well as on humans," Halden  says.