Visionary Science, Ethics, Law and Action in the Public Interest

Decision rules

  1. On the Differences Between Climate Science and Biotechnology and Nuclear Power


    By Carolyn Raffensperger There’s a paradox in environmental policy around the role of science in decision-making that hinges on the supposition that Science should be the final arbiter.  That paradox plays out in places like this headline and abstract from Yale 360.  “Why Are Environmentalists
Taking Anti-Science Positions? On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to…Read More →

  2. Creating a Path to the Future: A Rights Agenda


    By Carolyn Raffensperger Question: Could the concept of rights serve as a unifying theme for a progressive agenda? The Golden Rule and the sacredness of all life unify the environmental and social justice movements, according to Paul Hawken in his book, Blessed Unrest. These are ethical precepts that stand in contrast to the dominant political…Read More →

  3. I Know I am Made From this Earth


    By Carolyn Raffensperger Note: This is a speech that I wrote for the Women’s Health and the Environment Conference sponsored by the Earthrose Institute in Coral Gables Florida, October 15, 2010.  I was prepared to read it but chose to speak extemporaneously instead.  I offer it to you as it was written. *** “I know…Read More →

  4. The Respectful Generation Standard


    By Carolyn Raffensperger It is these limits that are ignored when, in the case of possible pollution from ionizing radiation, or one of hundreds of thousands of manmade chemicals released into the environment every day no margin is made for the limits of human knowledge. If an effect cannot be measured by modern scientific and…Read More →