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April 2020

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Rolf Halden
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Griffin Finke

What is the environment, this elusive object that impacts us so profoundly — our odds to be born; the way we look, feel, and function; and how long and comfortable we may live? The environment is not only everything we see around us but also, at a lesser scale, a hailstorm of molecules large and small that constantly penetrates our bodies, simultaneously nourishing and threatening our health. The concept of oneness with our surroundings urges a reckoning of what we are doing to "the environment," and consequently, what we are doing to ourselves.

By taking us through this journey of questioning, Rolf Halden's "Environment" empowers readers with new knowledge and a heightened appreciation of how our daily lifestyle decisions are impacting the places we occupy, our health and humanity's prospect of survival.


Rolf Halden is a professor in the Ira A. Fulton School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, senior sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and director of the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering.

Praise for this book

A passionate and encompassing personal assessment of our origins and dependency on the natural world. Rolf Halden offers a dire warning grounded in his career in environmental pollution control: The world's most advanced economies can and should enact more effective policies to protect human health from the hazards of industrial chemistry.

Leland H. Hartwell
Nobel laureate and director of the Biodesign Pathfinder Center, Arizona State University