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Why is the pollutant a problem?

TOXICITY, POISONING AND CARCINOGENICITY

• Health effects: cadmium will enter the body if we breathe in


contaminated air, eat contaminated foods, or drink contaminated water.
– Kidney cancer, and more
– Lung damage
– Bones damage
– Death
 
• Enviromental effects: plants take up cadmium from the soil, fish and
shellfish take up cadmium from the water, etc.
– It is highly persistent in the environment; bioaccumulation in organisms and
ecosystems
– Toxicity to aquatic life, and to some animals and plants in general