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Communicating about Risks to Environment and Health in Europe : Technology, Risk and Society, V. 11 - Philip C.R. Gray

Communicating about Risks to Environment and Health in Europe

Technology, Risk and Society, V. 11

By: Philip C.R. Gray (Editor), Richard M. Stern (Editor), Marco Biocca (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1998
ISBN: 9780792345190
Number Of Pages: 410

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Public experience with risk communication differs greatly from country to country in Europe and there has been little opportunity for the transfer of experience and learning between countries. This is especially true for the many new European States, including the countries in transition from centralised to market economies.
This book presents case studies on risk communication. One of its unifying concepts is the role of risk communication in the risk management process. Technical and philosophical introductions to risk communication and risk management and research in risk communication are given.
The case studies themselves occupy the central portion of the book, each one covering a particular hazard, risk or situation seen from a particular point of view. The issue of the special circumstances for environmental and health risk communication in central and eastern Europe is also addressed through a separate presentation and discussion of an appropriate case study. A different approach to risk communication is taken by examining how it forms part of the risk management process at the local level. Research into risk perception, a field that forms an important foundation for many aspects of risk communication, is summarised and practical guidelines for risk communication are reviewed. These include discussions on how to carry out public information programmes and methods for increasing public involvement in risk management decisions.

Introduction: the risk management processp. 1
The role and nature of risk communication in Europep. 5
Case studies
Risk communication campaigns on AIDS and HIV infection in Europep. 43
Communicating the risks of tobacco usep. 70
Implementing the Seveso directive: problems and progressp. 83
Risk communication in disputes about waste incinerationp. 106
Risk communication on nuclear energy in the Federal Republic of Germanyp. 141
Communicating the risks from radon in buildingsp. 170
Risk communication about power frequency electromagnetic fieldsp. 183
Risk communication about urban air pollutionp. 199
Risk communication about food contamination: the case of Salmonella in eggsp. 220
Communication about pesticide risks in Italyp. 241
Risk communication about asbestos: the bastAmianto exhibition in Florencep. 257
Communication issues in small areas of excess health riskp. 275
Risk communication in central and eastern Europe: the role of the environmental movementp. 285
Risk communication about the rehabilitation of contaminated sitesp. 300
Actors, scenarios and settings: risk communication in the context of the local risk management settingp. 319
Understanding risk perceptionp. 335
Guidelines for risk communicationp. 354
The public debates and issues for further developmentp. 384
Glossaryp. 395
Indexp. 401
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ISBN: 9780792345190
ISBN-10: 0792345193
Series: Technology, Risk and Society, V. 11
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 410
Published: 31st May 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.84