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Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies (Law and Society) Paperback – January 27, 2016
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Despite Canada's enduring image as a natural paradise, every year thousands of Canadians become ill or die prematurely as a result of exposure to environmental hazards. Canadians understand that their health is inextricably linked to the health of the environment and are deeply concerned about the impacts of toxic substances on themselves and their children. In Cleaner, Greener, Healthier David Boyd sets out to expose and remedy Canada's environmental health problems. He begins by assessing the environmental burden of disease, identifies its unequal distribution along racial and socio-economic lines, and estimates the associated economic costs. He then compares Canadian environmental laws and policies with those in the United States, Australia, and the European Union, leading to a provocative diagnosis of the root causes of Canada's second-rate standards. Finally, drawing on strategies that protect citizens in other countries, Boyd prescribes legal remedies that will enable Canada to catch up with the world's environmental leaders without – as is so often feared – harming the economy. This book demonstrates how strengthening environmental policies governing air and water pollution, hazardous substances, pesticides, climate change, and biodiversity will extend lives, prevent illnesses, and save Canada billions of dollars in unnecessary health care spending.
"David Boyd's book is a scathing indictment of Canada's failure to protect the air, water, soil, and ecosystems that our health and wellbeing depend on. But Boyd also provides a clear and convincing set of recommendations for smarter environmental policies that could save thousands of lives and billions of dollars every year. If politicians and policymakers adopted Boyd's advice, Canada would be a much cleaner, greener, healthier country."―David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, enviromentalist, and broadcaster
"In this comprehensive and readable survey David Boyd catalogues the many hazardous substances that we encounter in our environment and highlights how Canada lags far behind other developed countries with respect to regulation of many exposures. Boyd not only diagnoses the problem, he provides a scientifically robust prescription for treating it. This is a must-read for policy makers at all levels of government and for all Canadians who care about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat."―Peter D. Pare, MD, professor emeritus of respiratory medicine and pathology at the University of British Columbia and editor-in-chief of Canadian Respiratory Journal
"Most of us intuitively know that our health is intimately intertwined with the health of the environment, but this is the first book to capture the myriad ways that environmental hazards impact the health of Canadians. David Boyd also offers a comprehensive and far-reaching blueprint to prevent environmentally induced death, disease, and disability and to slow runaway growth in health care expenditures."―Bruce Lanphear, MD, senior scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital, and professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
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