Risk: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Dangerous in the World Around You

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 485 pages
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An indispensable and timely guide, Risk is the authority for assessing threats to your health and safety.

We continually face new risks in our world. This essential family reference will help you understand worrisome risks so you can decide how to stay safe and how to keeps risks in perspective. Expert authors David Ropeik and George Gray include information on:

- 50 top hazards - your likelihood of exposure - the consequences - ways to reduce your risk

They cover topics such as:

- cancer - biological weapons - indoor air pollution - pesticides - radiation
 

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Contents

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Page 3 - Cowards die many times before their deaths ; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
Page 8 - Mississippi will be only a mile and threequarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together, and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
Page 1 - I've developed a new philosophy ... I only dread one day at a time.
Page 15 - September 2001, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington had immediate repercussions in South Asia. The Pakistani government agreed to assist the United States in 'a war against terrorism' which came right to its borders with neighbouring Afghanistan.

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About the author (2002)

David Ropeik is the director of risk communications at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. A regular commentator on NPR, he has written for the Boston Globe and worked as a television journalist for twenty-two years. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

George Gray, a toxicologist, serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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