Issues in Environmental Risk Assessment

B. Bowonder

DOI: 10.2190/XW5J-V7KF-49GT-1F8X


Environmental risks are multiorder, interactive, irreversible, and long term risks. Major issues in generating impartial risk assessments are identified as well as the probably and possible distortions in deriving them using systems theory. A six step process is suggested which will strengthen the linkages of the policy system with the components of the risk assessment. A new behavioral world order achieved through a multidisciplinary action research program involving academics, politicians, administrators, planners, and environmentalists is needed.

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