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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

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Environmental Health

Environmental Health

Social Injustice and Public Health

Colin D. Butler

Anthony J. McMichael

Oxford University Press

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

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