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Lesson Six: Adverse Effects of Chemicals on Health and the Environment


The following questions are meant to give you an idea of this lesson's main learning objectives.  If you feel comfortable answering the questions without reviewing your notes, then you are on your way to knowing the content of this lesson.

  • How did the early histories of the oil and chemical industries have an impact on human health and the environment today?
  • What is the current underlying premise of the chemical enterprise?  How are human health and the environment impacted by this premise?
  • What is an "adverse effect," and how are these being used to shape public policy on chemical production/use?
  • How do Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) impact cellular development?  What specific examples can you describe?

Creative Thinking Challenge

Think about the chemicals currently in use in your field.  In what ways do they impact the environment?  Are there more sustainable methods in existence?  In use?

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