Environmental Issues for the Twenty-First Century and their Impact on Human Health

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The close of the first decade of the 21st century posed additional pressing environmental issues related to human activities and their effects on the planet. The need to protect the planet seems ...
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Water Pollution: The Usual Culprits

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Richard B. Philp


This chapter will deal more specifically with some of the water pollutants of major concern either for the environment (wildlife) or because of health and safety considerations. Heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), pesticides and other chemical pollutants will be discussed as well as some of the major biological pollutants. Recent examples of drinking water contamination will be provided. The role of acid precipitation in promoting toxicity is discussed.


Water pollution (biological), cholera, other gastroenteric bacteria, parasites, outbreak by E. coli O157.H7, haemolytic-uremic syndrome, water chlorination, ultraviolet water treatment, chemical water pollution, mercury, methyl mercury, PCBs, DDT, nitrates/nitrites, acid precipitation (and copper, and diflubenzuron, and calcium loss), daphnids, pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupters, pesticides, radioactive contamination.


The University of Western Ontario Canada