Chapter 16. Case Study—A Database for Harmful Chemicals

Consider the Institute for Environmental Study (a fictional organization). This scientific organization monitors toxics, wastes, and other chemicals in the environment. The monitoring is done worldwide. The institution is funded by governments around the world as well as large philanthropic organizations. The institution has been in existence for a half a decade.

The institution makes a quarterly report that tracks certain well-known chemicals and makes an annual report for the environment in its entirety. The annual report makes news worldwide, and the quarterly reports are open to the public but do not receive as much scrutiny. In addition, the institution issues warnings when it senses ...

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