On to Baltimore! The big Conference on Precaution June 9-11
has 35 workshops set. Get registration materials here.

And there's still a smidgeon of space available at our
precautionary principle discussion forum in Chicago May 19-
21. Get details here.


Rachel's Precaution Reporter #36

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

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Public Health and the Precautionary Principle: The Case of Peak Oil
  Peak oil occurs at that moment in time when half of the world's
  oil has been pumped. (And you can only discover that moment a few
  years after it occurs, looking backward.) After the peak oil moment,
  oil prices will increase steadily. What will the world look like when
  oil costs $250 per barrel? Very different from today. It we do not
  take precautionary action to protect public health during these deep
  changes in our way of life, enormous harm to health, democracy and
  justice will ensue. Now more than ever we need the public health
  perspective -- the precautionary perspective.
Earthday Precaution Seminar at Morehouse Medical School in Atlanta
  The precautionary principle continues to advance in Georgia partly
  because ECO-Action in Atlanta keeps stirring the pot in strategic
  ways, and partly because many environmental justice activists see
  precaution as an essential part of the fight to overcome environmental
  racism and its effects. See our earlier story on ECO-Action.
Come to the 1st National Conference On Precaution June 9-11
  On to Baltimore! Big, important conference scheduled for June 9-11.
  A decade of struggle by environmental justice and toxics activists
  thrust the precautionary principle into the spotlight. Now the U.S.
  Chamber of Commerce formally opposes it. The Bush Administration hates
  it. The American Chemistry Council denounces it. Yet it's spreading
  like the wind, spilling over into land-use, sprawl, housing, and
  control of local economies for the benefit of local people. Who knows
  where this could end? On to Baltimore!
High-voltage Power Lines and Cancer in Children
  The British Health Protection Agency recommends a precautionary
  approach to high-voltage power lines. It's very simple: We suspect
  harm but the science is uncertain, so keep children away.


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  principle? Who is using precaution? Who is opposing precaution?

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  their adversaries are saying, just as abolitionists in 1830 needed
  to know the arguments used by slaveholders.

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