Chemical pollution::a growing peril and potential catastrophic risk to humanity

Naidu, Ravi and Biswas, Bhabananda and Willett, Ian and Cribb, Julian and Kumar Sing, Brajesh and Nathanail, Paul and Coulon, Frederic and Semple, Kirk and Jones, Kevin and Barclay, Adam and Aitken, Robert (2021) Chemical pollution::a growing peril and potential catastrophic risk to humanity. Environment International, 156. ISSN 0160-4120

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Abstract

Anthropogenic chemical pollution has the potential to pose one of the largest environmental threats to humanity, but global understanding of the issue remains fragmented. This article presents a comprehensive perspective of the threat of chemical pollution to humanity, emphasising male fertility, cognitive health and food security. There are serious gaps in our understanding of the scale of the threat and the risks posed by the dispersal, mixture and recombination of chemicals in the wider environment. Although some pollution control measures exist they are often not being adopted at the rate needed to avoid chronic and acute effects on human health now and in coming decades. There is an urgent need for enhanced global awareness and scientific scrutiny of the overall scale of risk posed by chemical usage, dispersal and disposal.

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Journal Article
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Environment International
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environment International. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environment International, 156, 106616, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106616
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154575
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04 May 2021 09:45
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