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Late lessons from early warnings - new EEA report

The EEA has published a new report, Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation.

The 2013 Late lessons from early warnings report is the second of its type produced by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in collaboration with a broad range of external authors and peer reviewers. The first such report was published in 2001. The case studies across both volumes of Late lessons from early warnings cover a diverse range of chemical and technological innovations, and highlight a number of systemic problems. The 'Late Lessons Project' illustrates how damaging and costly the misuse or neglect of the precautionary principle can be, using case studies and a synthesis of the lessons to be learned and applied to maximising innovations whilst minimising harms.

The latest volume has sections on: health hazards, emerging lessons from ecosystems; other emerging issues (including invasive alien species and GM crops); costs, justice and innovation and implications for science and governance.

The full 2013 report is available from the EEA website. You can also download the 2001 report.

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