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Environmental Health Risks

Ethical Aspects, 1st Edition

Edited by Friedo Zölzer, Gaston Meskens


198 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Environmental health involves the assessment and control of environmental factors that can potentially affect human health, such as radiation, toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents. It is less commonly understood that environmental health also requires addressing questions of an ethical nature.

Bringing together work from experts across a range of sub-disciplines of environmental health, this collection of essays discusses the ethical implications of environmental health research and its application, presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health held in August 2016 in the Czech Republic. In doing so, it builds upon the insights and ideas put forward in the first volume of Ethics of Environmental Health, published by Routledge in early 2017.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental health, applied ethics, environmental ethics, medical ethics and bioethics, as well as those concerned with public health, environmental studies, toxicology and radiation.

Table of Contents

Part I. Perception of environmental health risks and ethics

1. Environmental health risks, moral emotions, and responsible risk communication Jessica Fahlquist and Sabine Röser

2. Discourses on environment, public health and values: The case of obesity Michiel Korthals

3. Socio-economic, historical and cultural background: implications for behavior after radiation accidents and better resilience Liudmila Liutsko, Takashi Ohba, Elisabeth Cardis, Thierry Schneider, Deborah Oughton

Part II. Philosophical approaches to environmental health ethics

4. How to bridge the gap between social acceptance and ethical acceptability: a Rawlsian approach Behnam Taebi

5. The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress for small farmers facing pesticides hazards Leslie London

6. The politics of hypothesis: An inquiry into the ethics of scientific assessment Gaston Meskens

Part III. The role of vested Interests in environmental health research

7. Science, policy, and the transparency of values in environmental health research David Resnik

8. The role of vested interests and dominant narratives in science, risk management and risk communication Colin Soskolne

9. Tragic Failures: How the Law and Science Fail to Protect the Public Carl Cranor

Part IV. Decision Making Tools for Environmental Health

10. Ethical Tools for Decision Makers in Environment and Health Peter Schröder Bäck and Joanne Vincenten

11. Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness considerations in the assessment of environmental health risks – Ethical aspects Friedo Zölzer and Husseim Stuck

12. The need for consistency in dealing with individual sensitivity to workplace hazards Chris Kalman

About the Editors

Friedo Zölzer is Head of the Department of Radiology, Toxicology and Civil Protection at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Gaston Meskens works part-time with the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Ghent, Belgium and with the Science and Technology Studies group of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environment and Health

The study of the impact of environmental change on human health has rapidly gained momentum in recent years, and an increasing number of scholars are now turning their attention to this issue. Reflecting the development of this emerging body of work, the Routledge Studies in Environment and Health series is dedicated to supporting this growing area with cutting edge interdisciplinary research targeted at a global audience. The books in this series cover key issues such as climate change, urbanisation, waste management, water quality, environmental degradation and pollution, and examine the ways in which these factors impact human health from a social, economic and political perspective.

Comprising edited collections, co-authored volumes and single author monographs, this innovative series provides an invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in this new and important field of study.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Annabelle Harris at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy