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The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children

Moore Colleen F.

in Silent Scourge

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195153910
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153910.003.0008
The Best Science, Values, and the Precautionary Principle to Protect Children

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This chapter discusses the best science, precautionary principles, and values to protect children from the negative effects of environmental pollution. It reviews the negative effects of pollution on children's development and addresses issues regarding how science and ethics are intertwined in environmental policy. It suggests that society needs to have the courage to examine the moral values that are embedded in our risk assessments, regulatory processes, and ways of life, and to act in ways that will bring environmental justice and liberty to all.

Keywords: environmental pollution; child development; precautionary principle; environmental policy; environmental justice; risk assessment; regulatory processes; ethics; science

Chapter.  7745 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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