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Perspectives in Ecotoxicology

Author: Dr. M.M. Abid Ali Khan, Murtaza Abid, Dr. M.I. Ansari, Dr. Harsukh Chharang
ISBN: 9789385995699
Language: English
Publisher: Lenin Media Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 1st
Pages: 216
Binding Style: Hardbound
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Toxicology is traditionally defined as the study of the harmful effects of drugs, chemicals, and chemical mixtures on living organisms. Within the past two decades the environmental branch of toxicology has assumed a wider meaning. Environmental toxicology is a multidisciplinary science involving many widely diverse areas of study. Environmental toxicology is concerned with the effects of toxins, whether purposely applied (such as pesticides) or derived from industrial processes, on health and the environment. The survival of individuals and the human race alike is the ultimate goal of this area of study. However, the survival of humanity depends on the survival of other species (plants and animals alike); on the availability of clean water, air, and soil; and on the availability of energy. Moreover, although preservation of our local and regional environment is vital to our survival, global problems such as the increasing CO2 content in the atmosphere and depletion of stratospheric ozone are also critical. Use of poisons is as old as the human race. For centuries, primitive people applied toxic plant extracts to poison their arrows for hunting and warfare. In our civilization, poisons have been studied and used for political, financial, or marital advantages.

 

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