Effects of Radiation on the Environment

  • Gurpreet Kaur
  • Jandeep SinghEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials book series (SSPCM)


The origin and existence of life on Earth owe to the presence of radiations that triggered photochemical transformations for sustainable life forms. The classification of radiations into ionizing and non-ionizing radiations, on the basis of interaction with matter, distinguishes their role in the evolution of the environment and its components. With advancement in scientific knowledge, there has been vast development in technological processes that utilize radiations for human benefits. But sometimes radiations pose to be potential risk for environment especially when used as weapon for mass destruction and during human negligence leading to catastrophic disasters.


Radioactivity Non-ionizing radiations Ionizing radiations Health effects 





Joule seconds






Non-ionizing radiation




Radio frequency


Extremely low frequency








Electromagnetic fields


Global positioning systems


National Radiological Protection Board


International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection


United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation


Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


System International




Computed tomography


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Ribonucleic acid


Galactic cosmic radiation


Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields


Nuclear power plants






Volatile organic compounds


Nitrous oxide


Computed axial tomography


International Nuclear Event Scale


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryGujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa CollegeLudhianaIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryLovely Professional UniversityPhagwaraIndia

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