Environmental Pollution and Health

Pollution as we know is an undesirable change in the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of the environment. Various agents that pollute the environment are called pollutants. These pollutants have extremely hazardous effect on the health.

This book titled Environmental Pollution and Health deals with the effects various pollutants have on the health of a person. The pollutants are present in various segments of the environment, viz., air, water, and soil. Besides these pollutants, thermal, noise, and radioactive pollutions affect the health of living beings. Radioactive pollution is the worst type of pollutant encountered and is responsible for the destruction of life. The health of a person is also adversely affected by hazards due to factors other than pollutions. These factors include occupation of a person, stress, global warming, and ozone layer depletion. All these have been discussed in detail in the present book.

The waste generated in various establishments is responsible for the health of a person. Its management is very important and has also been discussed. The book is divided into eight chapters. Chapter 1, Introduction, discusses various forms of pollution. In Chapter 2, Air Pollution, the author discusses major types of air pollutants, sources of air pollutants, and effects of air pollutants. Chapter 3, Water Pollution, deals with major types of water pollution, water pollution in various water bodies, sources of marine pollution among others. Chapter 4, Soil Pollution, examines sources of soil pollution, harmful effects of soil pollution, and effects of improper disposal of hazardous wastes. In Chapter 5, Thermal and Noise Pollution, effects of thermal pollution, sources of noise, and effect of noise pollution are discussed. Chapter 6, Radioactive Pollution, examines sources of radioactive pollution, effect of radioactive pollution on health, and control of radioactive pollution. Chapter 7, Health Hazards due to Factors other than Pollution, discusses occupation and health, stress and health, and global warming and health. Chapter 8, Management of Wastes, explains municipal wastes, industrial wastes, and hazardous wastes.


1. INTRODUCTION

2. AIR POLLUTION

3. WATER POLLUTION

4. SOIL POLLUTION

5. THERMAL AND NOISE POLLUTION

6. RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION

7. HEALTH HAZARDS DUE TO FACTORS OTHER THAN POLLUTION

8. MANAGEMENT OF WASTES