Textbook Notes - Chap 14

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Environmental Science
Course Code
EESA10H3
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Jovan Stefanovic

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Chapter 14 the precautionary principleA guide for protecting Public Health and the EnvironmentMany environmental impacts of human activities cannot be predicated because of the complex interactions among variables in the ecosystems The history and definitions of the precautionary principlePrecautionary principle says that we should aim to anticipate and avoid damages before they occur or detect them early It is based on underlying values and on the following core elementsPotential harmpredicting and avoiding harm or identifying it early should be aprimary concern when contemplating an actionScientific uncertainty the kind and degree of scientific uncertainty surrounding a proposed activity should be explicitly addressed Precautionary action particular activity undertaken to avoid harm even when the harm is not fully understood Elements of the Precautionary PrincipleThe principle is based on recognizing that some activities may cause serious irreparable or widespread harm The principle is based on the assumption that people have a responsibility to preserve the natural foundation of life now and into the future A precautionary approach
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