Air Pollutant Monitoring: Or How to Improve on an Ouija Board
Recent developments in air pollutant monitoring equipment have provided, really for the first time, instruments of reasonable stability, precision, and for the most part specificity. However, this comfortable situation did not arise spontaneously, or without many false starts and evolutionary changes. Based on previous historical studies and personal reminiscence, it is instructive to trace the evolution of knowledge of air pollutants from the situation of the first several millennia of air pollution, during which the nature of air pollutants were obvious, through a period of utter confusion caused by the proliferation of new pollutants, to the present situation where, once again, the nature of air pollutants is becoming better understood.
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