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Introduction

  • Jan van Tatenhove
  • Bas Arts
  • Pieter Leroy
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Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 24)

Abstract

Since the 1970s environmental problems have been widely recognised as important social and political issues. The soil contamination of Love Canal (from the 1930s), the contamination from a fertiliser plant in Minamata Bay, Kynshu, Japan (from the 1950s), the fire at the Windscale plutonium production plant (1957), the sinking of the Torrey Canyon (1967), and the chemical fire in the Cuyahuga River (1969) are but a few frightening examples of catastrophes which awoke an environmental awareness among scientists and the public. This awareness not only concerned public health, but also became broader in an ecological sense. The destruction of nature by man affected the ‘sustenance base of ecosystems’ (Schnaiberg, 1980) and through that the living conditions of human beings on earth.

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Civil Society Environmental Policy Precautionary Principle Environmental Politics Policy Domain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan van Tatenhove
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bas Arts
    • 1
  • Pieter Leroy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Policy SciencesUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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