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V. (1992) Calculated Risks: The Toxicity and Human Health Risks of Chemicals in Our Environment, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Rubin, C. T. (1994) The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism, Maxwell Macmillan International, The Free Press, New York. Schumacher, E. F. (1973) Small Is Beautiful, Vintage Press, London. , and Markert, B. (1998) Ecotoxicology. Ecological Fundamentals, Chemical Exposure, and Biological Effects, John Wiley and Sons and Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, copublication, New York.

2) probably 24 Science of environmental toxicology both regulate and detoxify nutrient metals such as zinc and copper, yet apparently perform a solely detoxifying function for metals that play no physiological role such as mercury. Whether or not organisms were exposed to potentially toxic concentrations of these metals prior to human mining and smelting activity is a matter of speculation. There are, however, several instances of plant and animal populations existing in environments naturally enriched with trace metals.

The connection between community living and human health problems has been recognised for many centuries, long before any cause-effect relationship was clearly understood. It was probably in the earliest centres of human civilisation that the first pollution control laws were enacted. Fully 2,500 years ago, Athens had a law requiring refuse disposal outside the city boundaries. Today, the disposal of “unwanted” products of humans, including sewage, domestic refuse, and industrial waste continues to occupy a large proportion of the resources of human communities, and many of the attendant problems continue to challenge environmental scientists, public health professionals, and engineers.

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