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Human Health and Ecological Integrity: Ethics, Law and Human Rights
     

Human Health and Ecological Integrity: Ethics, Law and Human Rights

by Laura Westra (Editor), Colin L. Soskolne (Editor), Donald W. Spady (Editor)
 

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The connection between environment and health has been well studied and documented, particularly by the World Health Organization. It is now being included in some legal instruments, although for the most part caselaw does not explicitly make that connection. Neither the right to life nor the rights to health or to normal development are actually cited in the

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The connection between environment and health has been well studied and documented, particularly by the World Health Organization. It is now being included in some legal instruments, although for the most part caselaw does not explicitly make that connection. Neither the right to life nor the rights to health or to normal development are actually cited in the resolution of cases and in judges' decisions.

This volume makes the connection explicit in a broad review of human rights and legal issues associated with public health and the environment. It will be particularly useful as many legal instruments emphasize the right to 'development' without fully discussing the necessary safety and public health aspects, and the respect for the ecology of any area where such 'development' (often unwanted by local or indigenous communities) is to be located. Climate change is another pressing variable that is considered, and several chapters address the interface between human health and ecological conditions. Overall the book integrates perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, including ethics, ecology, public health and epidemiology, and human rights and law.

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From the Publisher
"To address the multiple crises of our time we need to completely reground and redeploy our knowledge systems in these light of this understanding. And to do this we need a wholly new narrative about ourselves, our planet, and our place in the Universe. Confronting [Ecological and Economic]Collapse aims to help reconstruct our master narrative, and thereby envision of a restored and flourishing future for life on Earth." – from the Foreword by Peter G. Brown, McGill University School of the Environment, Montreal, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415504270
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/27/2012
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Westra is Professor Emerita (Philosophy) at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Sessional Instructor at the Faculty of Law at both the University of Windsor and the University of Milano (Bicocca), Italy.

Colin L. Soskolne is Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada.

Donald W. Spady is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health, both at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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