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Science, ethics, and scientific ethics in the modern world

Victor John Yannacone
Science, ethics, and scientific ethics in the modern world (in Meeting societal resource and environmental requirements into the 21st century, Lee C. Gerhard (prefacer))
Environmental Geosciences (December 1999) 6 (4): 164-171

Abstract

Environmental issues have become a concern of American society over the last 25 years. Scientists are responsible for providing impartial information, data, and guidance to the public. However, issues of science have become blurred with issues of public perception, leading decision makers and the public to disregard scientific testimony in the development of public policy. This article traces the early history of the environmental movement and considers elements of a free society in making choices about the future. By using parables and history, it becomes axiomatic that science and scientists must work with the public to balance resource demands with environmental needs for the good of all. Lessons from these parables can be translated into admonitions for scientists to be more forthcoming, to test their work against the needs of society, and to challenge political actions that are not based on good science. Scientists are challenged to be ethical leaders. This article is drawn from the author's presentation at the conference "Meeting Societal Resource and Environmental Requirements into the Twenty-First Century."


ISSN: 1075-9565
EISSN: 1526-0984
Serial Title: Environmental Geosciences
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Science, ethics, and scientific ethics in the modern world
Title: Meeting societal resource and environmental requirements into the 21st century
Author(s): Yannacone, Victor John, Jr.
Author(s): Gerhard, Lee C.prefacer
Affiliation: P. O. Drawer 109, Patchogue, NY, United States
Affiliation: Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence, KS, United States
Pages: 164-171
Published: 199912
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Division of Environmental Geosciences, Tulsa, OK, United States
Meeting name: Meeting society resource and environmental requirements into the 21st century
Meeting location: Taos, NM, USA, United States
Meeting date: 199810Oct. 1998
Accession Number: 2008-112075
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
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Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200841
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