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Chemical Pollution of the Environment: Past, Present and Future

Hoffmann, Michael R. (1993) Chemical Pollution of the Environment: Past, Present and Future. In: Environmental Change and Human Health. Ciba Foundation Symposium. No.175. Wiley , New York, NY, pp. 23-41. ISBN 9780471938422.

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In an era of ‘global environmental change’ people are concerned about emissions of CO_2, CH_4, N_2O and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to the atmosphere because of their direct impact on global warming and their stratospheric ozone-depleting effects. Unprecedented efforts have been made to reduce the global emissions of CFCs. Major industries, which are competing within the modern global economy, have recognized the importance of maintaining a ‘green’ perspective. Future operations will be designed to reduce the direct emissions of chemical by-products to air, water and soil, and to recycle and to reuse critical solvents such as water. ‘Star Wars’ technologies for the rapid, economical and effective elimination of industrial and domestic wastes will be developed and employed on a large scale. Advanced technologies for the control and monitoring of chemical pollutants on regional and global scales will be developed and implemented. Satellite-based instruments will be able to detect, to quantify, and to monitor a wide range of chemical pollutants. Our understanding of the fate and consequences of chemicals in the environment will increase dramatically such that we shall be able to predict the environmental, ecological and biochemical consequences of novel synthetic molecules with much greater precision.

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Additional Information: © Ciba Foundation 1993. I am grateful to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, Germany) for providing the financial support, through the Alexander von Humboldt Prize, that allowed me to write this paper and travel to Europe to attend the associated conference. In addition, I would like to thank Dr Detlef Bahnemann (Institut für Solarenergieforschung, Hannover) and Professor Dr Meinrat Andreae (Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Mainz) abd Professor Dr Rudi van Eldik (Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Witten-Herdecke) for their support and encouragement during my stay in Germany.
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Subject Keywords:environmental change; chemical pollution; satellite-based instruments; chlorofluorocarbons; chemical pollutants
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Issue or Number:175
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Official Citation:Hoffmann, M. R. (2007) Chemical Pollution of the Environment: Past, Present and Future, in Ciba Foundation Symposium 175 - Environmental Change and Human Health (eds J. V. Lake, G. R. Bock and K. Ackrill), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470514436.ch3
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