Introduction

In this chapter, we shall look at a series of toxic organic compounds that do not contain chlorine but that have become common air and water pollutants. We begin by considering PAHs, pollutants that accompany the combustion of most natural organic materials, and then consider a wide range of environmental chemicals—most of which have been encountered in other contexts— that may have disruptive effects on our reproductive systems. We then consider the surprising mechanism by which persistent substances become distributed around the world by air currents. Finally, we survey two new classes

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