Interpreting the Precautionary Principle

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Timothy O'Riordan, James Cameron
Earthscan, 1994 - Science - 315 pages
Viewed from the perspective of environmental management, this study describes the implications and applications of the precautionary principle - a theory of avoiding risk even when its likelihood seems remote. This principle has been employed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the North Atlantic Convention, yet it is not widely understood. This study examines the history and context of the principle, and its applications to law, governmental policies, business and investment, scientific research and international relations.
 

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Contents

Editorial Introduction
62
Precaution science and the sin of hubris
69
What if? versus If it aint broke dont fix it
102
Taking care
108
The social construction of precaution
117
Editorial Introduction
128
The precautionary principle and moral values
152
How the media respond to precaution
165
The regulation of genetically modified organisms
172
The precautionary principle in local government
183
Editorial Introduction
200
The introduction of precautionary principle in the UK
229
The precautionary principle in Australia
252
The staus of the precautionary principle in international
262
Seeping through the pores
292
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Timothy O'Riordan is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of East Anglia. James Cameron is a barrister, and a foundling Director of the Foundation for International Law and Development (FIELD).

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