Scientists in environmental policy

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Uncertainty vs Knowledge Precautionary Principle- “When human activities may lead to morally unacceptable harm that is scientifically plausible but uncertain, actions shall be taken to avoid or diminish that harm” (Beder p.48). Paradox for Conservation- “knowledge is always incomplete, yet the scale of human influence on ecosystems
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Technocracy Technocracy- rule by experts Took off in the 1920s and 30s Legitimacy for regulation decisions comes from experts and their use of “neutral, scientific criteria for judging public policy” Pew Research Center Report 2009- 70% of Americans say that scientists contribute “a lot” to society’s wellbeing
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Trope of Uncertainty Nurtures doubt in the mind of the public about the validity of scientific claims and so delays calls for action The requirement of more evidence is often used as a stalling tactic Goes against the Precautionary Principle
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Pew Research Center Report 2009
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Government and Scientists
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Unformatted text preview: Union of Concerned Scientists report 2004 on Bush Administration Suppression and/or distortion of scientific data, particularly on sensitive topics Manipulation to prevent the appearance of advice which goes against the administrations political agenda (Union of Concerned Scientists is a non-profit scientific advocacy group) Industry and Scientists What are the benefits to industry-supported scientists? What are the problems, particularly with how the public perceives scientists? Lach et al 2003s levels of involvement Reporting scientific results for others to use Reporting and interpreting scientific results for others (preferred by scientists) Working close to integrate scientific results into management decisions (preferred by the general public and resource managers) Actively advocating for specific decisions Making policy decisions Neutrality or Advocacy? What did you decide? Pros, cons?...
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