Environmental health encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect human health, such as radiation, toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents. It is often assumed that the assessment part is just a matter of scientific research, and the control part a matter of implementing standards which unambiguously follow from that research. But it is less commonly understood that environmental health also requires addressing questions of an ethical nature. How can we determine the "acceptable" risk level for the general population or for certain groups? How should we deal with uneven distributions of risks and benefits? How do we communicate about risks with the stakeholders? This multidisciplinary collection brings together a number of leading researchers and scholars in order to generate discussion surrounding these key questions, and to bring the ethical implications of science and technology to the forefront of critical thought. Providing a broad overview of the Ethics of Environmental Health, its philosophical foundations and practical applications, this book offers a significant contribution to ongoing discussions in sustainable development and will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of Environmental Health, urban studies and healthcare.
Part 1 Insights from the Discussion of Related Topics 1. Global, Regional and Local Ecological Change: Ethical Aspects for Public Health Colin L. Soskolne 2. Environmental Ethics and Environmental Policies Marie Claire Cantone 3. Environmental Health Laws and Protection against Toxic Substances Carl Cranor 4. Ethics of Food, Health and Environment Michiel Korthals Part 2 Principles 5. Common Morality Principles for Environmental Health Friedo Zoelzer 6. A critique of the limitations of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Economics and Health Policy Husseim Stuck 7. Bioethics, the Maximin Principle, and Future Generations Robin Attfield 8. Radioactive Waste: Some Considerations on Intergenerational Equity Christian Streffer Part 3 Decision Making on Environmental Health Problems 9. The Phenomenology of Environmental Health Risk: Vulnerability to Modern Technological Risk, Alienation, and Risk Politics Mark Coeckelbergh 10. Discourse Approaches in Environmental Health Ethics Jiri Simek 11. Taking Civil Rights Seriously in Post-Fukushima Japan Michio Miyasaka 12. Bridging the Gap between Public Acceptance and Ethical Acceptability: Multinational Nuclear Waste Repositories Behnam Taebi 13. Better Living (in a Complex World) - An Ethics of Care for our Modern Co-Existence Gaston Meskens Part 4 Ethics of Radiological Protection 14. Recent Reflections on the Ethical Basis of the System of Radiological Protection Christopher Clement 15. Ethical Questions of Remediation in case of Radioactive Contamination Deborah Oughton 16. The Need for Consistency in Dealing with Individual Sensitivity to Workplace Hazards Christopher J. Kalman 17. Considerations on Risk-Benefit Analyses in Medical Radiation Usage Jurgen Kiefer Conclusions and recommendations
Environmental ethics, Public health - Moral and ethical aspects, Environmental health - Moral and ethical aspects, Environmental factors, Medical ethics & professional conduct, Environmental science, engineering & technology