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Authors: Bobrowsky, Peter* 
Cronin, Vincent S.* 
Di Capua, Giuseppe* 
Kieffer, Susan W.* 
Peppoloni, Silvia* 
Title: The Emerging Field of Geoethics
Issue Date: Jan-2018
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - American Geophysical Union
ISBN: 978-1-119-06778-8
Keywords: geoethics
geoscience communication
research integrity
geoethical promise
Subject Classification05.03. Educational, History of Science, Public Issues 
05.09. Miscellaneous 
05.08. Risk 
04.04. Geology 
Abstract: The geosciences need practitioners who possess an ethical conscience and the desire to act responsibly. Ethically responsible geoscientists will achieve success and satisfaction by carrying out excellent research and professional activities, and by maintaining honest and open collaborations with colleagues. Such individuals will be able to contribute to building a resilient society, be better prepared to face global economic and environmental challenges and be willing to take concrete actions for the conservation of the geo‐environment. Geoethics provides ethical, social, and cultural values for the scientific community and for society as a whole. Geoethics represents a new vision of a world in which it is possible to maintain a more balanced relationship between humans and nature, considering modern economic and social development expectations. This chapter illustrates some aspects of geoethics, provides an overview of its basic values and themes, and highlights prominent global issues that involve geoethics, including climate change, geo‐risks, land management, exploitation of geo‐resources, and sustainability. The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) provides a multidisciplinary platform for discussion, a place where multidisciplinary collaboration can strengthen the development of geoethics from a scientific and philosophical perspective, in order to better introduce geoethical values into society.
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