About the book
Diverse sources contribute to soil pollution, generating a large proportion of toxins for living species. Over many decades, urban development, industrial and man-made pollutants, farming, mining, military activities, and accidents have introduced excessive amounts of contaminants into the environment, causing a decline in soil health with uncertain future uses. Each type of soil contaminant is characterized by its origin or what type of product it was before it became waste. It is a matter of international concern, and several public and private administrations employ a wide variety of technologies to ensure decontamination and recovery of affected sites. However, cleaning up contaminated sites is a long and expensive process. Thus, environmental remediation is an important focus of green economy, and a wide variety of innovative technologies must be employed to remove pollution or contaminants from waste areas to restore the environment and protect the health of living species, including humans.
The book will cover some general and specific topics such as: a) Environmental risk assessment; b) Bioremediation; c) Target and non-target species as models for soil contamination; d) Species assemblages in soil contamination; e) Transport and fate of xenobiotics, f) Sustainable management and soil conservation.