Environmental Engineering

Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the by Elizabeth Grossman

By Elizabeth Grossman

Each day, headlines warn that child bottles are leaching risky chemical substances, nonstick pans are inflicting infertility, and plastic bins are making us fats. What if eco-friendly chemistry may well switch all that? What if instead of toxics, our economic climate ran on risk free, environmentally-friendly materials?
 
Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who introduced nationwide recognition to the contaminants hidden in pcs and different excessive tech electronics, now tackles the dangers of normal patron items. She exhibits that for the sake of comfort, potency, and momentary protection, we've got created man made chemical substances that essentially switch, at a molecular point, the best way bodies paintings. the implications variety from diabetes to melanoma, reproductive and neurological disorders.
 
but it’s not easy to visualize lifestyles with no the creature comforts present fabrics provide—and Grossman argues we don't have to. a systematic revolution is introducing items which are “benign by way of design,” constructing production methods that contemplate health and wellbeing affects at each level, and is growing new compounds that mimic instead of disrupt typical structures. via interviews with prime researchers, Grossman offers us a primary examine this radical transformation.
 
eco-friendly chemistry is simply getting underway, however it deals desire that we will be able to certainly create items that profit future health, the surroundings, and industry.

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These conversations with Anastas and others helped give Warner’s career its present direction. “I had a great relationship with Polaroid,” recalls Warner. “But after my son died, I left because I wanted to create the world’s first green chemistry PhD program”—which he did, at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell in 2002. Although green chemistry ideas have been out in the world as articulated by Warner, Anastas, and their colleagues for some years now, they have made few substantial inroads in standard academic science curricula in the United States.

Inside, the ship is warm, dry, and brightly lit. The engines thrum constantly and work goes on twenty-four hours a day. With the loss of daylight, days seem suspended. Outside, beyond the double sets of heavy metal doors, the decks are covered with frost and fine crystalline snow. From my bunk-length berth on the lowest level of the ship, whenever we moved, the sound of breaking ice roared just beyond my porthole. An 26 CHASING MOLECULES extraordinary grinding, creaking, and crashing sound, it was like being in the scoop of a giant snowplow.

Much of our food is grown, processed with, and affected by such chemicals. Agricultural, industrial, and urban runoff, along with what we flush down our own household drains, has filled our waterways with so many of these chemicals that they are now common in coastal environments. We wear them, eat them, and touch them constantly. Vacuum cleaner and drier 4 CHASING MOLECULES lint are full of them. 4 Many of these fugitive chemicals have turned out to be long-distance travelers that resist degradation in the environment.

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