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Chasing Molecules

Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

Authors: Grossman, Elizabeth

  • The first book for general readers about green chemistry--a promising and exciting new field
  • Timely because of the intensifying interest in the health effects of everyday products
  • A "good news" environmental story
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  • Author's ability to explain complex issues clearly in a journalistic style
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Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who brought national attention to the contaminants hidden in computers and other high tech electronics, now tackles the hazards of ordinary consumer products. She shows that for the sake of convenience, efficiency, and short-term safety, we have created synthetic chemicals that fundamentally change, at a molecular level, the way our bodies work. The consequences range from diabetes to cancer, reproductive and neurological disorders.

Yet it’s hard to imagine life without the creature comforts current materials provide—and Grossman argues we do not have to. A scientific revolution is introducing products that are “benign by design,” developing manufacturing processes that consider health impacts at every stage, and is creating new compounds that mimic rather than disrupt natural systems. Through interviews with leading researchers, Grossman gives us a first look at this radical transformation.

About the authors

Elizabeth Grossman is the author of High Tech Trash, Watershed: The Undamming of America (Counterpoint Press, 2002), and Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail (Sierra Club Books, 2003). She is also the co-editor of Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion (Sasquatch Books, 1999). Grossman’s writing has also appeared in a variety of publications, including Amicus Journal, Audubon, California Wild, Cascadia Times, Chicago Tribune, Environmental News Network, Grist, The Nation, New York Times Book Review, Newsday, Oregonian, Orion, the Patagonia catalogue, Salon.com, Seattle Times, Washington Post, and Yes! A native of New York City, she has a BA in literature from Yale University. She now lives a minute’s walk from the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. When not at her desk writing she's out exploring—hiking, camping, paddling, sketching, and watching birds.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chasing Molecules
Book Subtitle
Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Elizabeth Grossman
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-157-3
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-157-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 256
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