Global metal pollution / J. O. Nriagu.: En13-5/90-30E-PDF

"This is an invited feature article to be published in the journal, Environment. The report provides a review of the sources, distribution and fate of trace elements in various environmental compartments. Present-day emissions of metals into the biosphere by mining and industrial activities exceed the mobilization by natural weathering processes by several orders of magnitude for such metals as lead, copper, mercury, cadmium, chromium and zinc. The conclusion is reached that the contamination of our environment with toxic metals has become a global phenomenon and that the current levels of metal pollution may be harmful to the most sensitive organisms in some ecosystems. The human perturbation of the regional and global trace metal cycles is highlighted and concern is expressed about the growing trace metal pollution in the developing countries"--Executive summary.

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Department/Agency Canada. Environment Canada.
National Water Research Institute (Canada)
Title Global metal pollution / J. O. Nriagu.
Series title NWRI contribution ; 90-30
Publication type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Title from cover.
Digitized edition from print [produced by Environment and Climate Change Canada].
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes executive summary in English and French.
Publishing information Burlington, Ontario : Environment Canada, National Water Research Institute = Environnement Canada, Institut national de recherche sur les eaux, [1990]
Author / Contributor Nriagu, Jerome O., 1942- author.
Description 1 online resource (15 pages, 9 unnumbered pages).
Catalogue number
  • En13-5/90-30E-PDF
Subject terms Metals
Environmental impact
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