Viewed from the perspective of environmental management, this study describes the implications and applications of the precautionary principle - a theory of avoiding risk even when its likelihood seems remote. This principle has been employed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the North Atlantic Convention, yet it is not widely understood. This study examines the history and context of the principle, and its applications to law, governmental policies, business and investment, scientific research and international relations.

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Part I - History and Context of the Precautionary Principle

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Part II - Implications for Science

chapter |7 pages

Editorial Introduction

chapter 3|33 pages

Precaution, science and the sin of hubris

chapter 5|9 pages

Taking care

chapter 6|10 pages

The social construction of precaution

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Part III - Implications for Management

chapter |4 pages

Editorial Introduction

chapter 9|7 pages

How the media respond to precaution

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Part IV - The International Dimension

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Part V - The Future

chapter 16|7 pages

Seeping through the pores