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Environmental Contamination: Health Risks and Ecological Restoration

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Author/Editor(s): Ming Hung Wong
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
ISBN-10: 1439892385
ISBN-13: 978-1439892381
Language: English
Edition: n/a
Publisher: CRC Press
Size: 6.60 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Bringing together the research of 62 distinguished scientists in one volume, Environmental Contamination: Health Risks and Ecological Restoration offers a comprehensive view of the remediation of contaminated land. A one-stop resource, it covers historical and emerging contaminants, the issues of bioavailability of chemicals and their associated human health risks, and the latest remediation technologies. The book also contains numerous case studies, many of them drawn from the Asia-Pacific region, that look at the effects of rapid industrialization. The chapters are inspired by presentations and discussions held during the 2010 Croucher Advanced Study Institute workshop, entitled Remediation of Contaminated Land—Bioavailability and Health Risk.

With the speed and scale of recent socioeconomic development, particularly in regions with less stringent environmental regulations, it is evident that various industrial activities have given rise to tremendous environmental degradation and severe health problems. The book begins with a description of current problems and future trends of pollutants, as well as their impact on the environment and human health. It then focuses on emerging contaminants, such as flame retardants and electronic waste. The book also examines research on environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to remediate contaminated lands, exploring cutting-edge bioremediation and phytoremediation technologies. Chapters discuss arsenic biomethylation, copper homeostasis, microbial transformation of phthalate esters, the potential function of paddy fields in phytoremediation, the use of constructed wetlands for pollution control, phytostabilization of arsenic-contaminated sites, and more.

This timely book provides readers with a highly focused reference on some of the most urgent environmental and health issues and research topics. These include e-waste recycling and arsenic and heavy metal contamination of rice—issues that are relevant for many countries around the world.

About the Author

Professor Ming Hung Wong, BSc (CUHK), MSc, Ph.D., DSc (Durham), MBA, DSc (Strathclyde), is dean of the School of Environmental and Resource Sciences at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, and chair professor of biology and honorary director of the Croucher Institute for Environmental Sciences at Hong Kong Baptist University. He served as the regional coordinator of Central and North-East Asia for a project entitled "Regionally Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances" and recently joined a panel to review "Emerging Chemicals Management Issues in Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition," sponsored by UNEP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). He is editor in chief of Environmental Geochemistry and Health and an editorial board member of five other international scientific journals. Professor Wong has published over 490 peer-reviewed papers and 32 book chapters and has served as the editor of 25 books or special issues of scientific journals. He is currently the most cited Chinese scientist in the world in the field of environment/ecology, according to the Web of Science (26 June 2012). For more about Professor Wong, see his profile at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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This book immediately places the readers at the scientific and practical forefronts of health risk and ecological restoration research, and is a resource for designing and implementing research programs related to toxic chemicals.

--Ecotoxicology (2013) 22:1183–1184
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