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Complexity, Climate Change and the Precautionary Principle

John Quiggin ()

No WPC07_3, Climate Change Working Papers from Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland

Abstract: The precautionary principle has been proposed as a basis making decisions about environmental health under conditions of uncertainty, but remains controversial. This paper shows how the precautionary principle may be interpreted as a guide to decision making in complex systems characterised by unfavorable surprises. The application of the precautionary principle to the problem of climate change is discussed.

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