Download e-book for iPad: Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the by Elizabeth Grossman

By Elizabeth Grossman

ISBN-10: 1597263702

ISBN-13: 9781597263702

ISBN-10: 1610911571

ISBN-13: 9781610911573

ISBN-10: 161091161X

ISBN-13: 9781610911610

Each day, headlines warn that child bottles are leaching risky chemical substances, nonstick pans are inflicting infertility, and plastic bins are making us fats. What if eco-friendly chemistry may switch all that? What if instead of toxics, our economic climate ran on innocuous, environmentally-friendly materials?
Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who introduced nationwide awareness to the contaminants hidden in pcs and different excessive tech electronics, now tackles the dangers of standard patron items. She exhibits that for the sake of comfort, potency, and momentary defense, we now have created artificial chemical substances that essentially switch, at a molecular point, the best way bodies paintings. the implications diversity from diabetes to melanoma, reproductive and neurological disorders.
but it’s difficult to visualize lifestyles with no the creature comforts present fabrics provide—and Grossman argues we don't have to. a systematic revolution is introducing items which are “benign through design,” constructing production strategies that ponder health and wellbeing affects at each degree, and is growing new compounds that mimic instead of disrupt ordinary structures. via interviews with best researchers, Grossman offers us a primary examine this radical transformation.
eco-friendly chemistry is simply getting underway, however it bargains wish that we will be able to certainly create items that gain well-being, the surroundings, and industry.

Show description

Read or Download Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry PDF

Best environmental engineering books

Download e-book for kindle: Environmental Engineering Water Wastewater Soil and by Nelson L. Nemerow, Franklin J. Agardy, Joseph A. Salvato

First released in 1958, Salvato's Environmental Engineering has lengthy been the definitive reference for generations of sanitation and environmental engineers. forthcoming its 50th 12 months of continuous book in a speedily altering box, the 6th version has been totally remodeled and reorganized into 3 separate, succinct volumes to evolve to a extra advanced and scientifically challenging box with dozens of specializations.

Hugo Jachmann's Estimating Abundance of African Wildlife: An Aid to Adaptive PDF

Estimating abundance of natural world is an integral part of a flora and fauna study software, and a prerequisite for sound administration. except for a couple of hugely mathematical volumes, there are not any books at the topic to be used by means of scholars and box employees. additionally, some of the thoughts for counting animals present in clinical journals are usually no longer available to African managers.

Download e-book for iPad: Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts Between Nature and by Daniel Czechowski, Thomas Hauck, Georg Hausladen

''This publication addresses the topic of ''green infrastructure'' from the viewpoint of panorama structure. It brings jointly the paintings of chosen ecologists, engineers, and panorama architects who speak about quite a few theoretical points, examine tasks, educating equipment, and most sensible perform examples in eco-friendly infrastructure''--

New PDF release: Green Organic Chemistry and its Interdisciplinary

Eco-friendly natural Chemistry and Its Interdisciplinary purposes covers key advancements in eco-friendly chemistry and demonstrates to scholars that the advancements have been frequently the results of leading edge pondering. utilizing a collection of chosen experiments, all of which were played within the laboratory with undergraduate scholars, it demonstrates tips on how to optimize and enhance eco-friendly experiments.

Extra resources for Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

Example text

The recipients of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award alone have eliminated enough hazardous substances to fill a train eight miles long,” says Anastas. These conversations with Anastas and others helped give Warner’s career its present direction. “I had a great relationship with Polaroid,” recalls Warner. “But after my son died, I left because I wanted to create the world’s first green chemistry PhD program”—which he did, at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell in 2002. Although green chemistry ideas have been out in the world as articulated by Warner, Anastas, and their colleagues for some years now, they have made few substantial inroads in standard academic science curricula in the United States.

Meanwhile, European legislation restricting certain synthetic chemicals with known adverse health impacts has prompted numerous manufacturers to redesign or reformulate products ranging from nail polish to IV tubes to computers. Given the history of these chemical products, rules that protect proprietary information (the secret formulas for these substances), and absence of independent third-party oversight, how are we to be assured of any new material’s safety, now, ten, or twenty or more years from now?

The chemical emissions prompting the climatic changes we’re now seeing have largely the same petrochemical origins as the synthetic chemicals altering essential cellular behavior in plants and animals, including humans, worldwide. The materials prompting global warming and all of its climate-disrupting impacts are thus, in effect, the backstory to that of these problematic mobile chemical contaminants that are interfering with the cellular and genetic processes vital to health. We are in this fix largely because, over the course of the past century, worldwide we became a petrochemical society.

Download PDF sample

Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry by Elizabeth Grossman

by Christopher

Rated 4.96 of 5 – based on 38 votes