Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry (Paperback)
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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 02/12/2011
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Each day, headlines warn that baby bottles are leaching dangerous chemicals, nonstick pans are causing infertility, and plastic containers are making us fat. What if green chemistry could change all that? What if rather than toxics, our economy ran on harmless, environmentally-friendly materials? Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who brought national attention to the contaminants hidden in computers and other high tech electronics, now tackles the hazards of ordinary consumer products. She shows that for the sake of convenience, efficiency, and short-term safety, we have created synthetic chemicals that fundamentally change, at a molecular level, the way our bodies work. The consequences range from diabetes to cancer, reproductive and neurological disorders. Yet it's hard to imagine life without the creature comforts current materials provide - and Grossman argues we do not have to. A scientific revolution is introducing products that are "benign by design", developing manufacturing processes that consider health impacts at every stage, and is creating new compounds that mimic rather than disrupt natural systems. Through interviews with leading researchers, Grossman gives us a first look at this radical transformation. Green chemistry is just getting underway, but it offers hope that we can indeed create products that benefit health, the environment, and industry.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610911610
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm


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"As much as we have to fear from climate change, what scares me just as much is the vast number of untested substances we dump into the environment each year in huge quantities and with unknown effects. Only a small cadre of chemists really understands this problem and what to do about it. With Chasing Molecules, Elizabeth Grossman gives us the first book to tell their story. A tireless investigative journalist, she expertly distills the science of green chemistry and the promise it holds for a healthier world."--Paul R. Ehrlich "coauthor of The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment "
"I couldn't put this book down. I began reading before bedtime, finished as the first birds began singing, and felt a whole new world had been revealed to me. Chasing Molecules is the most important book I've read in ten years."--Sandra Steingraber "biologist and author of Living Downstream "

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