The songlines of risk
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In the world’s industrial nations, ‘risk’ has become the organising concept that gives meaning and direction to environmental regulation. The stated purpose of most environmental legislation today is to reduce the likelihood of harm from our myriad ingenious technological activities to levels that are either demonstrably safe, or – if safety is an unattainable goal – then at least to levels that can be shown to be reasonable. Agencies implementing environmental laws increasingly are required to justify their actions on the basis of risk assessment, often done in quantitative form; in turn, scientists are called upon to satisfy the regulators’ needs with reliable methods of detecting, measuring, and representing risks to human health and the environment.