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Rethinking Environmental Protection: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World
Burke, T., W. Cascio, D. Costa, K. Deener, T. Fontaine, F. Fulk, L. Jackson, W. Munns, J. Orme-Zavaleta, M. Slimak, AND V. Zartarian. Rethinking Environmental Protection: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, NC, 125(3):A43-A49, (2017).
The natural environment and human health are inextricably linked, and human health, well-being, and economic prosperity depend on healthy ecosystems. EPA research is leading an evolution in environmental science with systems-based approaches that transcend media- and receptor-specific bounds and integrate diverse types of information. From safe drinking water to energy choices and pest management to urban design, systems approaches can help inform sustainable solutions that ensure public health protection.
Despite significant and lasting success in improving and protecting the air, water, and land in ways that have resulted in significant public health benefits, we may need new tools and approaches to fully address and achieve sustainable solutions to today’s environmental challenges, which are increasingly complex. In Rethinking Environmental Protection: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World, the authors provide and an overview of environmental protection at EPA and highlight current challenges. They then illustrate how EPA is leading a new generation of environmental protection based on a strategic framework that incorporates integrated, systems-oriented approaches. “The framework proposed here provides a much-needed structure, grounded in strong problem formulation, to build upon our progress and strengthen environmental and public health protection for the future,” the authors conclude.
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