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Environmental Health

Colin D. Butler and Anthony J. McMichael

in Social Injustice and Public Health

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171853
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.003.0018
Environmental Health

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This chapter describes social injustice in relation to environmental health. It covers the scale and distribution of environmental health hazards, the relationship between social injustice and environmental health, in terms of water contamination, air pollution, soil contamination, food contamination, and exposure to chemicals and global climate and ecosystem change. The chapter also describes the impact of globalization on environmental health. It describes what needs to be done, including achieving environmental justice, creating greater awareness of the cost of environmental hazards, harnessing sufficient political and economic will, reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals, performing epidemiologic research, and reforming organizations and institutions.

Keywords: water contamination; air pollution; hazardous chemicals; persistent organic pollutants; climate change; environmental disasters; globalization

Chapter.  7047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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