Rachel's Precaution Reporter #19

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2006
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A New Measure of Well-Being from a Happy Little Kingdom
  A precautionary approach means setting goals, then working to
  achieve them in the least-harmful way. Bhutan, a small country in the
  Himalayas, sets goals and gauges success not by measuring money but by
  measuring Gross National Happiness.
Dear President Bush, I Recently Returned from a Trip to Bhutan...
  A traveler visits Bhutan, learns that Gross National Happiness is
  the precautionary principle under a different name, and draws some
  lessons for President Bush about restoring his popularity at home.
Perceptions of Risk Vary by Sex and Race, So What's 'Acceptable?'
  Risk is not objectively measurable. "Defining risk is an exercise
  in power," says Paul Slovic, a risk assessment expert. White males
  consistently rank various risks lower than women and non-whites do. If
  risk isn't an objectively measurable quantity, and if assessments vary
  systematically by sex and race, whose idea of risk should be used when
  governments and industries decide what's an "acceptable" risk?


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
  examples of the Precautionary Principle, or Foresight Principle, in
  action. The Precautionary Principle is a modern way of making
  decisions, to minimize harm. Rachel's Precaution Reporter tries to
  answer such questions as, Why do we need the precautionary
  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

  We often include attacks on the precautionary principle because we  
  believe it is essential for advocates of precaution to know what
  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

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