Monash Bioeth. Rev. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40592-018-0080-3 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Attending to scalar ethical issues in emerging approaches to environmental health research and practice 1,2,3 4 5 Chris G. Buse · Maxwell Smith · Diego S. Silva © Monash University 2018 Abstract Accelerated changes to the planet have created novel spaces to re-imag- ine the boundaries and foci of environmental health research. Climate change, mass species extinction, ocean acidification, biogeochemical disturbance, and other emer - gent environmental issues have precipitated new population health perspectives, including, but not limited to, one health, ecohealth, and planetary health. These per- spectives, while nuanced, all attempt to reconcile broad global challenges with local- ized health impacts by attending to the reciprocal relationships between the health of ecosystems, animals, and humans. While such innovation is to be encouraged, we argue that a more comprehensive engagement with the ethics of these emerging fields of inquiry will add value in terms of the significance and impact of associated interventions. In this contribution, we highlight how the concept of spatial and tem- poral scale can be usefully deployed to shed light on a variety of ethical issues com- mon to emerging environmental health perspectives, and that the potential of scalar analysis implicit to van Potter’s conceptualization of bioethics has yet
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Published: Jun 4, 2018
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