About the book
It took a long time for humans to recognize the existence of a direct link between environmental pollution and health deterioration. In the 90s, scientists clearly demonstrated the existence of this link through epidemiological studies and new technical materials, which can measure the accumulation effects of small toxic quantities. As a result, concerns about human health were accentuated, and environmental health has emerged. In fact, the environment does not act in the same way on each individual. A healthy person can adapt more easily to external constraints. However, the capacity of adaptation is reduced and the health will degrade more quickly for a sick or stressed person. Generally, this book deals about aspects of human health, which are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social, psychosocial and aesthetic factors of the environment. It covers policies and practices for managing, controlling and preventing environmental factors that may affect the health of current and future generations. Specifically, the book is organized in six main topics related either to the natural environment or to the built environment. These include especially: air, water and soil quality, climate change and its effects, solid waste and hazardous materials management, land use and urban planning, noise control and mitigation, and food safety.