Rachel's Precaution Reporter

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

                   Table of Contents Edition
     The Rise of the Precautionary Principle
       In Denton, Texas, residents want to protect the future of their 
       town by adopting precautionary policies. A social movement is
       gathering strength, based on foresight and forecaring...
     The Precautionary Principle: Answering the Critics
       Opponents trot out a series of misleading claims to contest the 
       precautionary principle. A careful look shows how these claims
       misrepresent basic Precautionary Principle precepts.
     Finland Takes a Precautionary Approach to Social Well-being
       An editor of the Washington Post visits Finland and observes 
       the use of foresight and forecaring to improve social 
       well-being -- trying to do the least harm to the common good. 
       In this view, even taxes are precautionary.
     Commentary: Unprincipled Precaution
       Professor Gary Marchant seems to be making a career out of 
       trashing foresight and forecaring.


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  in action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
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  principle? Who is using precaution?  Who is opposing precaution?
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