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Part III Basic Issue Areas, Ch.17 Hazardous Substances and Activities

David A. Wirth

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law

Edited By: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, Ellen Hey

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 April 2021

Precautionary principle — Sustainable development — Pollution — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) — Goods
The modern world is awash in synthetic and naturally occurring chemicals deployed with an intent to improve our quality of life. Nearly 26 million different chemicals are currently catalogued, and approximately 4,000 new substances are identified every day. While this ingenuity in manipulating the basic building blocks of matter accounts for many of the accomplishments of our industrial society, some of those chemicals may have unanticipated or undesirable consequences for human health and the environment. Toxics originate from highly diverse sources, including a...
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