Issue 02/2011

- Fukushima Fixation – The Media Focus on Radiation Risk in Tsunami-Stricken Japan
- Risk versus Hazard – How to Regulate in the 21st Century
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Risk versus Hazard – How to Regulate in the 21st Century
Prof. Ragnar Lofstedt
In Europe, debate as to whether one should regulate chemicals based on intrinsic hazard or assessment of risk, or possibly a combination of both, has been gaining momentum.
Risk vs Hazard and the Two Souls of EU Risk Regulation: A Reply to Ragnar Lofstedt
Prof. Dr. Alberto Alemanno
When called upon to regulate risk, the EU carries the threefold onus to (i) protect its people(s); (ii) ensure the functioning of the internal market; and also (iii) to allocate the resources available wisely and efficiently.
Fukushima Fixation – The Media Focus on Radiation Risk in Tsunami-Stricken Japan
Dr Adam Burgess
Twenty five years on from Chernobyl, the tragic events in Japan of March 2011 seem to reaffirm the risk society’ perspective which the 1986 nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union did so much to popularise. It was amidst widespread predictions of mass harm – projected both across Europe and into the future – that German sociologist Ulrich Beck’s book of the same name found such a receptive audience. Beck wrote of a new era defined by the greater risk posed by ‘manufactured’, technological risk than natural, ‘external’ ones.
Independent Scientific Advice: Comparing Policies on Conflicts of Interest in the EU and the US
Simone Gabbi
This article highlights the importance of unbiased scientific advice in the European Union’s legal system. It then analyses and compares the policies in force throughout the European Food Safety Authority, European Medicines Agency and European Commission’s Scientific Committees with the one implemented by the US Food and Drugs Administration.
Science for the Environment: Examining the Allocation of the Burden of Uncertainty
Dr. Elisa Vecchione
The aim of this paper is to review the basic literature on scientific uncertainty in its statistical paradigm in order to provide enlightenment on one pivotal facet of the precautionary principle, i.e. the allocation of the burden of proof to demonstrate that an activity is not harmful to the environment.
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