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Environmental Inequality of the Underprivileged: Health
Here's a little insight into how environmental conditions can impact health situations
Our Planet, Our Health by WHO Staff
Publication Date: 1992-03-01
This book records the findings of an independent group of experts commissioned by WHO to assess the complex interactions between health status & environmental change within the context of socioeconomic development. The experts were also asked to examine global trends in such areas as resource use, waste generation, & population growth, & to determine how these trends will influence both human & environmental health. The core of the report consists of separate chapters analysing the ways in which human needs & activities affect the environment, & thus alter environment-related risks to health, in the areas of food & agriculture, water, energy, industry, & human settlements & urbanization.
Natural Environments and Human Health by Alan W. Ewert; Denise Mitten; Jillisa Overholt
Publication Date: 2014-06-11
The role natural environments play in human health and wellbeing is attracting increasing attention. There is growing medical evidence that access to the natural environment can prevent disease, aid recovery, tackle obesity and improve mental health. This book examines the history of natural environments being used for stress-reduction, enjoyment, aesthetics and catharsis, and traces the development of the connection between humans and the environment, and how they impact our personal and collective health.
Environmental Health Sciences Decision Making by Yank Coble; Christine Coussens; Kathleen Quinn
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Eighty-two thousand chemicals - both natural and man-made--are used today. Some of these chemicals do not produce notable adverse health outcomes, but others can be toxic and harmful to anyone exposed. Currently, we know very little about basic properties of the majority of these chemicals and even less about the human health impact of these exposures. Given the sheer number of chemicals in use today, it can be difficult to balance their use with the protection of human health. Regulation should create a clear and balanced decision-making process for considering the scientific evidence and translating that information into policy and regulation of these chemicals. On January 15, 2008, the workshop Environmental Health Sciences Decision Making: Risk Management, Evidence, and Ethics addressed emerging issues in risk management, weight of evidence, and ethics that influence environmental health decision making. The workshop engaged science interest groups, industry, government, and the academic sector to understand better decision-making processes and best practices for environmental health research.
Examining the Role of Environmental Change on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Pandemics by Maha Bouzid (Editor)
Publication Date: 2016-08-04
Climate change is one of the most widely debated and worrisome topics of our time. As environmental changes become more prevalent, there has been evidence to suggest that there is a correlation between the environment and a substantial increase of infectious diseases and viruses around the globe. Examining the Role of Environmental Change on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Pandemics investigates the impact of climate change in relation to the emergence and spread of global diseases. Highlighting epidemiological factors and policies to govern epidemics and pandemics, this publication is a critical reference source for medical professionals, students, environmental scientists, advocates, policy makers, academics, and researchers.
How important is the environment when it comes to human health? The 1962 publication Silent Spring1 not only rippled throughout the scientific community and public conscience but initiated a growing wave of research into the linkages between environment and human health. Yet there is limited hard scientific proof that adverse health outcomes are caused by the contaminant load that human activities add to the environment. Most scientists remain concerned about the emerging epidemic of lifestyle diseases and are committed to genetic research as the next magic bullet, while the relations between human health and environmental exposures remain highly contentious.
Research on the human health risks of exposure to pollutants has shown significant negative health impacts associated with these exposures. But, outside of researchers and health professionals focused on studying the links between health and the environment, there is little public understanding of these issues. This work, edited by Michael McCally, attempts to bridge the knowledge gap by offering thorough descriptions of the health effects of environmental pollutants.
Water pollution remains a serious threat to human health and the environment, assert Joseph Orlins and Anne Wehrly in the following viewpoint. The U.S. government regulates water pollution from identifiable "point" sources, but pollution from "nonpoint" sources (the source cannot be identified) continues to pollute America's waters, the authors maintain. Dangerous pollutants enter waters near urban areas when rain carries contaminated runoff from streets into storm drains. Pollutants also flow into bodies of water when irrigation washes toxic fertilizer and pesticides from farms and lawns into streams. Orlins is a civil engineering professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey; Wehrly is a freelance writer and attorney.