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Risk assessment and the environment

Abstract

This paper reviews the use of risk assessment techniques in the field of environment protection. I will argue that in some important instances the development of environment policy has been a source of fruitful development of a risk based methodologies. In other cases the importation of risk assessment techniques has proved much more problematic. As the scope of environmental regulation increases so does the possibility of inconsistent and arbitrary solutions to problems. The need for a more systematic approach to the development of environmental regulation has never been stronger, so it is important to understand the reasons for the mixed success of risk assessment. This applies equally to those nations with long traditions of the regulation of private sector industry and those just beginning on this course. The way ahead may be to extend our ideas of how to express risk and uncertainty. Some of the recent cause celebres of environment policy show this challenge very clearly. As an example, this paper will look at the problem of assessing the risk of man-made climate change.
Authors:
Fisk, D J [1] 
  1. Department of the Environment (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1992
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
INIS-XA-N-030
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1992 international conference on risk assessment, London (United Kingdom), 5-9 Oct 1992; Other Information: 15 refs; PBD: 1992; Related Information: In: Risk assessment, session 1-4. International conference 1992. Part 1, 248 pages.
Subject:
61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CLIMATIC CHANGE; ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE PATHWAY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIATION HAZARDS; RADIATION PROTECTION; RADIOECOLOGY; RISK ASSESSMENT; WORKING CONDITIONS
OSTI ID:
20577147
Research Organizations:
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (United Kingdom)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA04N0312028684
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 100-112
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Fisk, D J. Risk assessment and the environment. IAEA: N. p., 1992. Web.
Fisk, D J. Risk assessment and the environment. IAEA.
Fisk, D J. 1992. "Risk assessment and the environment." IAEA.
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title = {Risk assessment and the environment}
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abstractNote = {This paper reviews the use of risk assessment techniques in the field of environment protection. I will argue that in some important instances the development of environment policy has been a source of fruitful development of a risk based methodologies. In other cases the importation of risk assessment techniques has proved much more problematic. As the scope of environmental regulation increases so does the possibility of inconsistent and arbitrary solutions to problems. The need for a more systematic approach to the development of environmental regulation has never been stronger, so it is important to understand the reasons for the mixed success of risk assessment. This applies equally to those nations with long traditions of the regulation of private sector industry and those just beginning on this course. The way ahead may be to extend our ideas of how to express risk and uncertainty. Some of the recent cause celebres of environment policy show this challenge very clearly. As an example, this paper will look at the problem of assessing the risk of man-made climate change.}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1992}
month = {Jul}
}