The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.
What is Environmental Health?
The chapters of this Handbook define “environment” in many ways. Nonscientific sources such as Webster's Dictionary offer a useful general definition: “the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded.” But Webster's offers a second, more intriguing definition of “environment:” “the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.” Both definitions emphasize that the environment exists in reference to something else — presumably the creatures that occupy it. Key among those creatures — and central to most people's concern for the environment — is Homo sapiens.
In fact, members of the public care deeply about the impact of ...