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Science and Environmental Decision Making By Edited by Mark Huxham

Science and Environmental Decision Making
by Edited by Mark Huxham

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This work explores the use and limitations of science in assisting to answer environmental questions. It places an emphasis on the importance of ethics, politics and sociology in the decision-making process.
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Science and Environmental Decision Making by Edited by Mark Huxham

Science is vital in informing the increasingly urgent and complex environmental decisions that affect all our lives, from international agreements on action to limit climate change to decisions on growing genetically modified crops. It is clear, however, that many environmental decisions are taken in the face of scientific uncertainty or ignorance, and involve questions of politics and ethics that go beyond science. Science alone cannot answers such questions as "Are the risks of nuclear power acceptable?" and "Why should we conserve wild species?"

Science and Environmental Decision Making explores the use and limitations of science in helping to answer environmental questions, emphasising the importance of ethics, politics and sociology in the decision making process.

Starting with the question "What is meant by a scientific explanation?", the first three chapters provide a simple introduction to the philosophy and sociology of science and the importance of these fields to environmental scientists. They explain the logic of testing ideas in science and look at some of the absolute limits of scientific explanation, showing how value judgements inevitably influence scientific work, before exploring commercial and political influences on science. Chapters 4-10 show how these themes are relevant in case studies ranging from genetic engineering in agriculture to conservation, marine eutrophication and the use of models, and radiation protection. Each chapter is written by a researcher active in the area and begins with an editorial introduction highlighting the major themes illustrated by the case study.

This book is aimed at students of ecology, environmental science, environmental management and geography. It will also be useful reading for sociology students who study how the science is applied.

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Table of Contents


  1. Science and Value.
  2. Science and truth.
  3. The Limits and Assumptions of Science.
  4. Science and society; Future Risks.
  5. Genetic Engineering.
  6. Climate change.
  7. The conservation of Wildlife and Ecosystems.
  8. Why Does Fishery Management Fail so Often?
  9. Disposal of the Brent Spar.
  10. Coastal Zone Pollution and Eutrophication.
  11. Radioactive Waste and Radiological Protection.
  12. Illustrations.
  13. Competing Titles.

Additional information

GOR001985157
Science and Environmental Decision Making by Edited by Mark Huxham
Edited by Mark Huxham
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pearson Education Limited
2000-07-21
288
0582414466
9780582414464
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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