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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #70

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

Wednesday, December 27, 2006.........Printer-friendly version
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Table of Contents Edition

Environmentalists: Stop Great Lakes Damage Before It Happens
  As the governments of the U.S. and Canada begin to revise the Great
  Lakes Water Quality Agreement, environmental groups around the lakes
  are calling for policies that prevent harm, rather than manage harm
  after it has occurred.
Over 700 Scientists Call for Precaution in Canadian Chemicals Law
  Canada is reviewing its basic environment law, known as CEPA. Now
  more than 700 scientists and physicians have urged their government to
  insert more prevention and precaution into Canada's chemicals
Editorial: Green Chemistry
  The French newspsper, Le Monde, says that the essential point of
  the new European chemicals policy, REACH, is "the inversion of the
  burden of proof," which transfers to chemical producers the
  responsibility to say under what conditions their products can be used
  without risk.
Wi-Fi: Should We Be Worried?
  For several years, the Times of London has been reporting on
  emerging evidence that some people feel effects from electromagnetic
  radiation produced by cell phone towers and wireless computer networks
  (wi-fi). Will anyone heed these early warnings?


  Rachel's Precaution Reporter offers news, views and practical
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  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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