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Endocrine Disruptors and Water Quality : a State-of-the-Art Review

Burkhardt-Holm, P.. (2010) Endocrine Disruptors and Water Quality : a State-of-the-Art Review. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 26 (3). pp. 477-493.

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Abstract

Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are compounds which interfere with the hormone system and may adversely affect the health and reproduction of man and animals. These compounds comprise heavy metals and organic chemicals, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, plasticizers, surfactants, pharmaceuticals, natural and synthetic estrogens as well as phyto- and mycoestrogens. In this review, an overview of most frequently asked questions is presented. These questions are: What are the sources of endocrine disruptors we find in the environment? What concentrations do we have in our wastewater? What happens in the wastewater treatment plant? Do we have EDs in other water bodies also? Is drinking water at risk? Why is it so difficult to prove whether EDs are harmful? Could sperm decline and fertility disturbance in man be due to EDs? Could breast cancer be due to exposure to EDs? What are alterations in wildlife and fish? What can be done?
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Mensch Gesellschaft Umwelt MGU > Aquatische ├ľkologie (Holm)
UniBasel Contributors:Holm, Patricia
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:0790-0627
e-ISSN:1360-0648
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:13 Nov 2017 08:00
Deposited On:14 Sep 2012 07:10

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