Regulating Chemical Accumulation in the Environment: The Integration of Toxicology and Economics in Environmental Policy-Making

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The environment has been exposed to a range of damaging contaminants from a wide variety of sources. Regulation of and legislation against offending parties has frequently been hampered because of the difficulty with cooperation among disparate disciplines in the natural, social and political sciences. This volume forms the conclusion of five years' collaboration among toxicologists, economists and lawyers in the understanding and solution of the problem of accumulative chemicals. As well as being a case study of...

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Overview

The environment has been exposed to a range of damaging contaminants from a wide variety of sources. Regulation of and legislation against offending parties has frequently been hampered because of the difficulty with cooperation among disparate disciplines in the natural, social and political sciences. This volume forms the conclusion of five years' collaboration among toxicologists, economists and lawyers in the understanding and solution of the problem of accumulative chemicals. As well as being a case study of the accumulation of pesticides in groundwater in one particular region (the European Union), the book forms a general study of the value of interdisciplinary approaches in environmental policy making. The volume will be a valuable resource for a broad group of academics and researchers in the area of environmental science and environmental policy.

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"The volume will be a valuable resourcs for a broad group of academics and researchers in the area of environmental science and environmental policy. It will also form a useful supplemantary reference text for courses in environmental policy, science, economics, and toxicology." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521088565
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface: the regulation of pesticides in Europe - past, present and future; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 1. Regulating chemical accumulation: an integrated approach Timothy Swanson; Part I. The Characteristics of Accumulative Chemicals: 2. Chemical characteristics: the case of herbicides in Italy Carolina Sbriscia Fioretti, Guiseppe Zanin, Paolo Ferrario and Marco Vighi; 3. Valuing chemical characteristics: a hedonic approach Tore Söderqvist; Part II. Estimating the Costs of Chemical Accumulation: 4. Environmental toxicology: the background for risk assessment Marco Vighi, Richard Lloyd and Carolina Sbriscia Fioretti; 5. The value of changes in health risks: a review Magnus Johannesson and Per-Olav Johansson; 6. On estimating the benefits of groundwater protection: a contingent valuation study in Milan Jane Press, Tore Söderqvist; Part III. The Analysis of Market and Regulatory Failure: 7. Market failure Robin Mason; 8. Regulatory failure Robin Mason; Part IV. Policies for Regulating Chemical Accumulation: 9. Optimal policies for regulating persistent chemicals Timothy Swanson; 10. An analysis of alternative legal instruments for the regulation of pesticides Michael G. Faure and Jürgen G. J. Lefevere.

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