- Toxics A to Z features and alphabetical listing of over 100 toxics, identifying . . .
- What they are
- How they are measured
- Where they are found
- The symptoms of exposure
- What their known risks are
- How we can lessen or avoid those risks
- An easy-to-use Cross-Reference Guide to help readers identify toxics in 18 major groups, including indoor and outdoor air pollutants, household items, and lawn and garden products
- A glossary of terms, explanation of abbreviations, and listing of sources for further help and information
John Harte is professor and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, where Richard Schneider and Christine Shirley completed their degrees. Harte is the author of many scientific papers and books, including The Green Fuse (California, 1993). Cheryl Holdren holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. A population biologist, she specializes in insect and plat ecology.
"Toxics A to Z is comprehensive, readable, usable, and--given the authors' sound, practical advice--quite doable. This well-organized book informs in clear contexts what we as consumers and we as citizens can do for a healthful environment."--Ralph Nader, Founder, Center for the Study of Responsive Law
"Judicious, clear, and more authoritative than any other single book in print, Toxics A to Z is a realistic appraisal of the impact that everyday hazards have on our health. Few people reporting on pollution hazards are of John Harte's scientific stature. Still fewer have surveyed and summarized virtually all the published research on the nature of impact of toxic substances in the environment as Harte and his colleagues have done. And no scientific research article is as easy to read or as comprehensive as this book."--Paul Ehrlich, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University "Toxics A to Z will undoubtedly become the standard textual guide to toxic substances for environmentalists, biologists, chemists, and others interested in environmental issues, well into the next decade. The authors have provided an outstanding review of the sources, types, environmental and health effects, and management of toxins in our modern industrial society."--Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
Outstanding Reference Book of 1993, American Library Association