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Title: Lead : environmental aspects / published under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation, and the World Health Organization
Authors: World Health Organization
International Programme on Chemical Safety
WHO Task Group on Environmental Health Criteria for Lead: Environmental Aspects
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: Geneva : World Health Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Evaluates the effects on the environment of lead pollution arising from the smelting and refining of lead, the burning of petroleum fuels containing lead additives, the burning of coal and oil, and the ingestion of lead shot by birds. In view of the difficulty of extrapolating from laboratory studies of lead to effects on ecosystems, the book alerts readers to the many factors that influence variations in the bio-availability and accumulation of lead, the degree of lead deposition in the environment and the resulting contamination, and the varying sensitivity of different populations at different life stages. A section concerned with lead uptake, loss, and accumulation evaluates the results of controlled experimental studies of model ecosystems, aquatic organisms, and terrestrial organisms, and reviews data on field accumulation near highways and urban areas, in industrially polluted environments, and following the ingestion of lead shot by birds. The most extensive sections provide separate evaluations of the toxicity of lead salts and organic lead to microorganisms, aquatic organisms, and terrestrial organisms
Description: 106 p.
Subject: Lead
metadata.dc.subject.other: Chemical Toxicology and Carcinogenicity
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/40020
Other Identifiers: 9241542853
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