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Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law


Michael Burger, Justin Gundlach, Jill Krueger, Colleen Healy Boufides, David C. Vladeck, Jason Smith, Chandra Ganesh, Jennifer Klein, Sara Hoverter, Robin Kundis Craig, Lindsay F. Wiley, Margot Pollans, Maxine Burkett, William Onzivu, Jessica Wentz
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  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108405522

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  • Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law provides the first comprehensive explication of the dynamic interactions between climate change, public health law, and environmental law, both in the United States and internationally. Responding to climate change and achieving public health protections each require the coordination of the decisions and behavior of large numbers of people. However, they also involve interventions that risk compromising individual rights. The challenges involved in coordinating large-scale responses to public health threats and protecting against the invasion of rights, makes the law indispensable to both of these agendas. Written for the benefit of public health and environmental law professionals and policymakers in the United States and in the international public health sector, this volume focuses on the legal components of pursuing public health goals in the midst of a changing climate. It will help facilitate efforts to develop, improve, and carry out policy responses at the international, federal, state, and local levels.

    • Brings together leading legal scholars to address the ways in which the public health system can respond to climate change impacts
    • Provides a general introduction to the field for newcomers, a foundation for further research by scholars and researchers, and a useful reference for law, policy, and public health practitioners
    • Puts substantive analyses into a broader context, but also makes content available to readers interested only in a focused area
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    'Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law makes a unique and timely contribution. Policy, law and regulation concerning climate change must be informed by scientific insights into public health impacts. This collection from leading scholars offers broad, thorough coverage of key topics to help translate this scientific information into much needed action.' Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School

    'Climate Change, Public Health and the Law is a clear and clarifying treatise. It enumerates how legal standards to date have framed the right to health, and how they will have to change to protect public health in a changing climate. Its chapters on a range of health-, climate- and law-related topics also illuminate current legal thinking and identify the many challenges with which governments must grapple as they pursue effective regulation and accountability for the public health impacts of climate change. A must read for lawyers, scientists and public health practitioners working on these critical issues.' Jeffrey Shaman, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences; Director, Climate and Health Program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

    'Impact on human health is the most significant measure of the harm done by climate change, and health can be a positive driving force for the climate agenda and a means to engage the public in finding solutions. Indeed, policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions have the potential to improve public health substantially, reducing the global burden of a number of diseases, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental illness, lung disease and road deaths and injuries. What is good for the environment is often also good for health. Yet, the integration of public health considerations into responses to climate change is very poor. The World Health Organization welcomes Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law, and believes it can serve as the basis for future collaboration and dialogue between the public health, the climate change and the law communities for the promotion of climate legislation that puts public health outcomes at the center of law and regulations.' Maria Neira, Director, World Health Organization, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health

    'Climate change requires a fundamental rethinking of much that we take for granted - the ways we produce and consume food, build buildings, travel, harness energy - as well as of the public health strategies, policies, laws, and practices we have long relied on. The authors offer clear assessments of how traditional practices will perform in coming decades but also propose innovative solutions that span scales, timeframes, and disciplinary boundaries. This book will be the standard source on the intersection of climate change, public health, and law.' Howard Frumkin, University of Washington School of Public Health

    'Rains, wildfires, floods, and hurricanes of biblical proportion hit the US in 2017 and 2018, proof that climate change's future is now. The first comprehensive book of its kind, Climate Change, Public Health, and the Law couldn't be more timely or more important. Its chapters address virtually every important question we face as we confront rising temperatures and the consequences of heat waves, storm surges, increases in communicable diseases, changes in food production and waves of migrants seeking refuge from climate-related disasters.' Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, University of California, Los Angeles and Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108405522
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.625kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction and overview Michael Burger and Justin Gundlach
    2. Duty to protect public health from the impacts of climate change Michael Burger
    3. Public health sector's challenges and responses Jill Krueger and Colleen Healy Boufides
    Part II. Cross-Cutting Issues:
    4. Government speech and the first amendment: what the government may say about climate change and public health risks David C. Vladeck
    5. Disease surveillance Jason Smith and Chandra Ganesh
    6. The built environment Justin Gundlach and Jennifer Klein
    Part III. Impacts and Interventions:
    7. Heat Sara Hoverter
    8. Extreme coastal storm events, sea level rise, storm surge, and ocean acidification as public health threats Robin Kundis Craig
    9. Infectious disease Lindsay F. Wiley
    10. Food security and food sovereignty in climate change adaptation Margot Pollans
    11. Migration Maxine Burkett
    Part IV. Interplay with International and Domestic Environmental Law:
    12. International impacts and responses William Onzivu
    13. How existing environmental laws respond to climate change and its mitigation Justin Gundlach
    14. Incorporating public health assessments into climate change action Jessica Wentz.

  • Editors

    Michael Burger, Columbia University, New York
    Michael Burger is Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Staff Attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He is a regular source of national media outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. His article for the Ecology Law Review won the inaugural Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship. He currently serves as the Chair of the New York City Bar Association International Environmental Law Committee.

    Justin Gundlach, Columbia University, New York
    Justin Gundlach is Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Staff Attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. He has worked on cutting-edge health, energy, and environmental law issues. In addition to his academic publications on these topics in the Energy Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Ecology Law Quarterly and elsewhere, he has also written multiple amicus briefs addressing them in cases before the US Supreme Court and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.


    Michael Burger, Justin Gundlach, Jill Krueger, Colleen Healy Boufides, David C. Vladeck, Jason Smith, Chandra Ganesh, Jennifer Klein, Sara Hoverter, Robin Kundis Craig, Lindsay F. Wiley, Margot Pollans, Maxine Burkett, William Onzivu, Jessica Wentz

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