Graham Wood

Graham Wood is currently an academic visitor in the Science and Religious Conflict Project within the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. Graham is an academic based in the School of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania in Australia. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and a PhD, both from the University of Tasmania. His research examines the relationship between science and value. This theme is explored in a number of realms including environmental philosophy, and the relationship between scientific belief and both moral and religious belief.

Pulp Friction in Tasmania: when is a little dioxin to much dioxin?

When is a little dioxin too much dioxin?

Dioxin is a persistent organic pollutant (POP) that accumulates in the food chain and is highly toxic to living systems. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants commits signatories to ‘reduce or where feasible, eliminate the production and environmental release’ of dioxin.

So we know that dioxin is not a good thing to be releasing into the environment. And we also know that particular human activities, such as the smelting process that produces certain metals and chlorine bleaching of wood pulp in the paper industry produce dioxin. The question is when is it ‘feasible’ to eliminate the production and environmental release of dioxin? Continue reading

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