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The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law edited by Bodansky, Daniel; Brunnée, Jutta; Hey, Ellen (7th August 2008)

Part I General Issues, Ch.9 Science and Technology from Agenda Setting to Implementation

Steinar Andresen, Jon Birger Skjærseth

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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 June 2019

Subject(s):
Environmental disputes — Sustainable development — Pollution
Some analysts tend to see science and technology as two sides of the same coin. 1 In our opinion, the two may go together and reinforce each other, but they may also be very different animals. Science serves essentially as a vehicle for ‘early warning’ about environmental problems, and may provide guidance on what to do in order to alleviate or ‘cure’ a problem. Overall, science, therefore, usually has a ‘positive’ impact on the problem at hand, to the extent that it is heeded. Technology, however, can be either a blessing or a curse for the environment and...
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