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Journal Articles Current Environmental Health Reports Year : 2019

Global Change: a Public Health Researcher’s Ethical Responsibility

Mathilde Pascal
Pascal Beaudeau
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Sylvia Medina
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Purpose of Review: Loss of biodiversity and globalized environmental degradation result in planetary-scale changes which impact human societies. Recent Findings: This paper highlights the urgency for public health researchers to integrate a global change perspective into their daily work. The public health community needs to answer several questions, e.g., how to weight the health of present and future generations; how to balance between the possible immediate adverse impacts of mitigating climate change vs long-term adverse impacts of global change; how to limit the environmental impacts of public health intervention; and how to allocate resources. Public health practitioners are faced with a moral responsibility to address these challenges. Summary: Key elements to ensure long-lasting, innovative global change and health solutions include (i) empowering the population; (ii) tailoring the framing of global change and health impacts for different stakeholders; (iii) adopting less conservative approaches on reporting future scenarios; (iv) increasing accountability about the health impacts of mitigation and adaptation strategies; and (v) recognizing the limits of science. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
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hal-03703522 , version 1 (24-06-2022)



Mathilde Pascal, Pascal Beaudeau, Sylvia Medina, Nikita Charles Hamilton. Global Change: a Public Health Researcher’s Ethical Responsibility. Current Environmental Health Reports, 2019, 6 (3), pp.160-166. ⟨10.1007/s40572-019-00238-4⟩. ⟨hal-03703522⟩
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