The Taiwan Crisis

Un libro in lingua di Jiin Jean shuh, Bundschuh Jochen, Chen Chien jen, Guo How Ran, Liu Chen Wuing edito da Taylor & Francis, 2010

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In the 1950s, the residents of the southwestern coastal areas of Taiwan suffered greatly from Blackfoot disease (BFD) due to the consumption of arsenic-contaminated groundwater. Groundwater with high levels of arsenic in southwestern and northeastern Taiwan received much attention. After arsenic-safe tap water was utilized for drinking instead of groundwater in the 1970s, BFD cases decreased greatly. After 1990, no new BFD cases were reported, and as a consequence, BFD problems disregarded. However, arsenic is still present in the groundwater.
This book will improve the knowledge and understanding of the occurrence and genesis of arsenic-rich groundwaters in Taiwan. It deals with constraints on the mobility of arsenic in groundwater, its uptake from soil and water by plants, arsenic-propagation through the food chain, human health impacts, and arsenic-removal technologies. Taiwan case experiences are described in this book and can be applied worldwide.

This book is a state-of-the-art overview of research on arsenic in Taiwan and is designed to:

  • create interest in regions within Taiwan that are affected by the presence of arseniferous aquifers;
  • draw attention from the international scientific community;
  • increase awareness among researchers, administrators, policy makers, and company executives;
  • improve the international cooperation on arsenic problems worldwide.

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