Rachel's Precaution Reporter #15

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

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Table of Contents Edition

National Conference on Precaution June 9-11, 2006 in Baltimore
  Save the date!  The First National Conference on Precaution
  will convene in Baltimore June 9-11, 2006 -- to build a stronger 
  movement to prevent harm, not merely "manage" it.  We'll see 
  you there!
Act on Early Warnings: Louisville Charter Background Paper #4
  The final draft of the Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals has now 
  been published, along with six supporting "background papers." This 
  is paper #4.  Hats off to Kathy Curtis of Citizens' Environmental 
  Coalition (Albany, N.Y.) and Gregg Small of the Washington Toxics 
  Coalition (Seattle) who rode herd as dozens of participants spent 
  more than a year devising, honing and polishing these important 
  policy ideas.
Update: New Mexico InterAgency Precautionary Principle Task Force
  New Mexico state government has created a Precautionary Principle
  Task Force, which will issue a report with recommendations in May, 
  2006.  Precaution marches on...
Recycle Batteries -- or Else
  Precautionary action doesn't always come wrapped in a "precautionary"
  label.  The concept of "extended producer responsibility" requires 
  manufacturers to "own" their products forever, which gives them a big 
  incentive to make products as harmless as possible.
French President Chirac: Biodiversity Requires Precaution
  "The current rate of extinction is estimated to be up to a thousand 
  times higher than normal... Our generation is probably the last with 
  the power to stop this destruction before we reach a point of no 


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