(7) Environmental Law, Policies & Protection

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Brooks Agnew: Death of Electrical Car, Future Science, State of Economy and Politics

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Environment and economics

Beyond expertise: the political (and popular) dimension of environmental protection

We have discussed two broad approaches to assessing environmental decisions, CBA and risk assessment. Such formal technical approaches to decision making are increasingly prevalent in environmental decision making.46

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(6) Environmental Law, Policies & Protection

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The Environment and Economy In Conflict

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Environment and economics

Discussions of appropriate levels of environmental protection have long been dominated by economic understandings of the environment. Environmental economics were first brought to the mainstream in the United Kingdom by the influential Blueprint report to government in the late 1980s.39

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Natural Law (MORALITY, ETHICS & PHILOSOPHY SERIES)

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Accounting for the authority of science

Having asserted the influence of science on law making, and its limitations in the environmental field, we should try to account for the authority of science. It is well known that the scientific paradigm has roots that are deep in history, and steeped in religion.

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(4) Environmental Law, Policies & Protection

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Benjamin Ross, Origins of the Precautionary Principle

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Scientific uncertainty and the precautionary principle

Attempting to rely on science (and related technical disciplines such as risk assessment) as a route through environmental decisions runs quickly into the barriers posed by the unavoidable uncertainty attached to scientific information.

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(3) Environmental Law, Policies & Protection

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Environmental Risk Assessment

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Risk Assessment and the Environment

Closely related to the use of science in environmental law is the technical assessment of ‘risk’. ‘Risk’ is a complex and profoundly political idea. Ulrich Beck has developed a theory of ‘risk society’5 to reflect the centrality of risk to contemporary society.

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(2) Environmental Law, Policies, and Protection

The Scientific Paradigm

(a) The role of science

The natural sciences have a crucial input to contemporary environmental law.

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(1) Environmental Law, Policies, and Protection

Recent decades have seen questions of environmental protection become a significant issue for government, and part of mainstream public debate.

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