Decision-Making in Environmental Health: From Evidence to by Briggs, D.

By Briggs, D.

Decision-Making in Environmental Health examines the necessity for info in aid of decision-making in environmental future health. It discusses symptoms of environmental health and wellbeing, equipment of information assortment and the evaluation of publicity to and the future health impression of alternative environmental danger elements

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2 Environmental indicators Environmental indicators have been described as “a measurement, statistic or value that provides a proximate gauge or evidence of the effects of environmental management programs or the state or condition of the environment” (US EPA, 1994). In recent years, several programmes have been established to monitor the environment for health-related purposes, for example the Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS) for air (UNEP/WHO, 1993; see also WHO, 1987), water (WHO, 1991) and food (WHO, 1990).

G. g. the use of indicator species and of ecosystem health) (Rapport, 1992). In recent years, however, there has been a marked growth in interest in the use of indicators in many other fields. g. g. Jarman, 1983; Carstairs and Morris, 1989; UNDP, 1997), while performance indicators are being used increasingly to monitor the activities of industry and the public services. g. UNEP, 1993; WHO, 1993a). There are four main categories of indicators in use that are considered relevant in the context of development, environment and health.

More recently, other measures of human development have been introduced, such as the human poverty index (UNDP, 1997). 2 Environmental indicators Environmental indicators have been described as “a measurement, statistic or value that provides a proximate gauge or evidence of the effects of environmental management programs or the state or condition of the environment” (US EPA, 1994). In recent years, several programmes have been established to monitor the environment for health-related purposes, for example the Global Environment Monitoring System (GEMS) for air (UNEP/WHO, 1993; see also WHO, 1987), water (WHO, 1991) and food (WHO, 1990).

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