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Chemistry and the Environment

  • Pollutants in atmosphere includes oxides of N and S – acid rain

  • Greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, methane, fluorocarbons

  • Chlorofluorocarbons led to the ozone hole in the atmosphere

  • Water pollutants: phosphates and N compds lead to algal growth, eutrophication; many other concerns including trace organics, Cr(VI), perchlorates, Pb, As etc.

  • Radiation as pollutant; effect of natural radon

  • Units of measurement of radiation and harmful levels

Chemistry and the Environment

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Global Climate Change 1:41
    • Greenhouse Gases
  • Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change 6:53
    • Last 100 Years
  • Water Pollution: Eutrophication 12:59
    • Example: Fertilizers
  • Water Pollution: Organic Pollutants 9:15
    • Chlorinated Hydrocarbons (DDT)
    • Dioxins and Phthalates
  • Water Pollution: Heavy Metal Pollutants 23:58
    • Examples: Lead, Chromium, Arsenic
  • Radiation in the Environment 24:35
    • Thresholds