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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #65

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2006.........Printer-friendly version
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Table of Contents Edition

San Francisco's Right To Protect Its Children Is Challenged Again
  Chemical corporations have sued San Francisco again -- this time in
  federal court -- claiming the city had no right to pass a law
  protecting children from poisonous chemicals in toys.
'Precautionary Assessment' -- a New Tool for Making Decisions
  Seattle toxicologist Steve Gilbert has developed a new way to make
  decisions about toxic chemicals, incorporating the precautionary
Catholic Bishops Urge a Precautionary Approach To Global Warming
  Five years ago the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted a
  precautionary stance toward global warming: "While some uncertainty
  remains, most experts agree that something significant is happening to
  the atmosphere.... Although debate continues about the extent and
  impact of this [global] warming, it could be quite serious.
  Consequently, it seems prudent not only to continue to research and
  monitor this phenomenon, but to take steps now to mitigate possible
  negative effects in the future."
Education and Sufficiency
  "Sustainability presupposes the simultaneous application of three
  fundamental principles: the precautionary principle, adopting a
  preventive rather than remedial approach; the principle of solidarity
  between all peoples of the world and between the present generations
  and those to come; and the principle of people participation in


  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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  provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject.

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  principle -- or the need for the precautionary principle -- 
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