Despite the successes of modern medical technologies, little is known about the basic chemistry or physiology behind human exposures to environmental health hazards. A new science is required based upon integrative environmental approaches with multidisciplinary perspectives to replace traditional science that looks at parts of the whole from a single discipline's perspective.
In the last 10 years a number of issues of environmental health hazards have been addressed internationally, for example: the successful elimination of lead from gasoline and paint; the prohibition of the use of asbestos in construction; the elimination of DDT from use in the US; the banning of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) production in the US; and also in the USA, the passage of the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act to decrease pesticides in the diet of children. By reducing or eliminating these toxic exposures, substantial burdens of disease have been addressed in the human environment.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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