precautionary principle


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precautionary principle

n
the precept that an action should not be taken if the consequences are uncertain and potentially dangerous
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Translations
principe de précaution
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However, the article could give the misleading impression that the precautionary principle constitutes a straightforward guideline for improving public policy in this area.
In response to this challenge, many regulators have employed the precautionary principle as a way of giving objective structure to their systems.
The precautionary principle is one of the central concepts of modern environmental policy.
Among his topics are why Prometheus suffers, whether there is an ethical obligation to act sustainably, the choice for sustainability, and the precautionary principle and design.
TO SAHAI'S suggestion that " ethics, regulation and precautionary principles" should be the guiding principles for development and use of new technologies, Specter countered that humanity would make no progress if the precautionary principle was followed.
That question is at the core of a long-running debate over the merits of the "precautionary principle," which is variously interpreted but is usually said to concern the burden of proof.
In recent years, the precautionary principle has emerged as a recommended approach to deal with uncertain science in a range of public health areas.
So Lesley Griffiths is happy to ignore two nuclear experts and refuse to employ the precautionary principle, refuse to suspend the dumping licence, refuse an Environmental Impact Assessment and refuse to request further thorough testing of the mud.