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Mercury pollution and contamination are widespread, well documented, and continue to pose a public health concern in both developed and developing countries. In response to a growing need for understanding the cycling of this ubiquitous pollutant, the science of mercury has grown rapidly to include the fields of biogeochemistry, economics, sociology, public health, decision sciences, physics, global change, and mathematics. Only recently have scientists begun to establish a holistic approach to studying mercury pollution that integrates chemistry, biology, and human health sciences. Mercury in the Environment follows the process of mercury cycling through the atmosphere, through terrestrial and aquatic food webs, and through human populations to develop a comprehensive perspective on this important environmental problem. This timely reference also provides recommendations on mercury remediation, risk communication, education, and monitoring.
Dr. Michael S. Bank is a Researcher at Harvard Medical School.
“As accessible as Life magazine . . . rich, well written . . . beneficial to many governments if their chief scientists read this book.”—Intl Journal Of Environmental Stds
“An in-depth look at the public health issues involving mercury.”—Harvard Gazette
“As the dynamics of global mercury sources and cycling continue to evolve, and science glows in its ability to document and explain mercury dynamics and effects, it is important to establish benchmarks of those changes and the progress toward understanding them. Michael Bank’s book provides a welcome update to the state of the art on mercury pollution. . . . The book will be quite useful for researchers, university teachers, administrators and policy makers throughout the world. We congratulate the editor who could gather right experts in the field who could generate the most needed information in mercury generation, distribution, cycling, magnification, and tackling the problem of slow poisoning of living organisms on land and in water.”—Environment And Ecology
“Thorough, scholarly, and engaged. . . . The volume is logically organized, wide-ranging, critical, and a substantial achievement; it is clearly worth its modest price. . . . Highly recommended.”—T. R. Blackburn, formerly, American Chemical Society Choice