Politics and the Environment: Risk and the Role of Government and Industry

Politics and the Environment: Risk and the Role of Government and Industry

Politics and the Environment: Risk and the Role of Government and Industry

Politics and the Environment: Risk and the Role of Government and Industry

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of
wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it
was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was
the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter
of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before
us…

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

Are we experiencing the best of times or the worst of times? What lies before us and what should national government do about it? These questions have been much debated by critics from all sides of politics and they lie at the core of this book. We certainly live at a point in history where our actions can have profound consequences for the future of the entire planet, which makes the issue of more than academic interest! On the 'worst of times' side we face serious risks, such as those posed by major industrial accidents and global environmental degradation. On the 'best of times' side, new technological developments promise a multitude of potential benefits and many people have achieved a standard of living that would have been unimaginable only a few generations ago. To complicate matters, the benefits are so unevenly distributed that mass poverty and disease remain persistent in many parts of the world. Further, the industries that are the main source of benefits systematically create the very risks that threaten our future. These issues have . . .

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