This book provides a detailed overview of our current understanding of different dynamic patterns involved in the redistribution of mercury in the global environment and its impact on human health and ecosystems. Mercury pollution in different regions of the world is a growing concern from environmental and epidemiological point of view. The increasing trends of energy production from fossil fuel combustion, mercury usage in a large variety of goods and products and the lack of emission control policy, especially in fast developing countries, represent a major environmental and political issue. In the last three years the European Commission, the United Nations, major international and national environmental agencies and governments have posed a significant attention on this growing issues primarily due to the lack of a concerted international effort in controlling and reducing the input of mercury in the global environment and its impact on human health and sensitive ecosystems.
Preface.- Introduction.- International and Regional Perspectives.- Monitoring and Analytical Methods.- Chemical and Physical Processes.- Human Exposure.- Regional Case Studies.- Glossary.- Acronyms.- Abbreviations.-Subject Index.
From the reviews: "Mercury pollution occurs worldwide ! . Knowledge of the ! effects of mercury has rapidly increased over the past decade ! . This comprehensive book ! reflects this new knowledge regarding mercury in the environment. ! each of the 29 chapters is well structured with many helpful tables, figures, and references. ! the material is detailed, well presented, and often engaging. ! This book will be valuable to students, scientists ! interested in environmental science and health problems. Summing Up: Highly recommended." (S. A. Batterman, CHOICE, March, 2006)