Environmental health involves the assessment and control of environmental factors that can potentially affect human health, such as radiation, toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents. It is less commonly understood that environmental health also requires addressing questions of an ethical nature.

Bringing together work from experts across a range of sub-disciplines of environmental health, this collection of essays discusses the ethical implications of environmental health research and its application, presented at the 3rd International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health held in August 2016 in the Czech Republic. In doing so, it builds upon the insights and ideas put forward in the first volume of Ethics of Environmental Health, published by Routledge in early 2017.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental health, applied ethics, environmental ethics, medical ethics and bioethics, as well as those concerned with public health, environmental studies, toxicology and radiation.

part I|42 pages

Perception of environmental health risks and ethics

chapter 1|14 pages

Environmental health risks, moral emotions and responsible risk communication 1

ByJessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Sabine Roeser

chapter 2|11 pages

Discourses on environment, public health and values

The case of obesity
ByMichiel Korthals

chapter 3|15 pages

Socio-economic, historical and cultural background

Implications for behaviour after radiation accidents and better resilience
ByLiudmila Liutsko, Takashi Ohba, Elisabeth Cardis, Thierry Schneider, Deborah Oughton

part II|64 pages

Philosophical approaches to environmental health ethics

chapter 4|20 pages

How to bridge the gap between social acceptance and ethical acceptability

A Rawlsian approach 1
ByBehnam Taebi

chapter 6|26 pages

The politics of hypothesis

An inquiry into the ethics of scientific assessment
ByGaston Meskens

part III|45 pages

The role of vested interests in environmental health research

chapter 9|17 pages

Tragic failures

How the law and science fail to protect the public
ByCarl F. Cranor

part IV|44 pages

Decision-making tools for environmental health

chapter 10|12 pages

Ethical tools for decision-makers in environment and health

ByPeter Schröder-Bäck, Joanne Vincenten

chapter 11|19 pages

Cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness considerations in the assessment of environmental health risks

Ethical aspects
ByFriedo Zölzer, Husseim Stuck