Science and the Precautionary Principle

@article{Foster2000ScienceAT,
  title={Science and the Precautionary Principle},
  author={Kenneth R. Foster and Paolo Vecchia and Michael H. Repacholi},
  journal={Science},
  year={2000},
  volume={288},
  pages={979 - 981}
}
The Precautionary Principle has become enshrined in international law, and is the basis for European environmental legislation. However, "precautionary" decisions have been controversial, and the principle itself lacks clear definition. A recent commentary by the European Commission offers guidelines for politically transparent application of the principle, while emphasizing the need for careful review of relevant scientific data. Recent precautionary policies for limiting public exposure to… 

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