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Paradigms Lost: Learning from Environmental Mistakes, by Daniel Vallero

By Daniel Vallero

Engineers and scientists have made nice development in advancing the certainty of the foundations underlying environmental caliber and public future health. in spite of the fact that, all too usually, society and the clinical neighborhood do not understand the connections among environmental occurrences. of their haste to therapy a scenario, they disregard classes which may be discovered to avoid destiny mess ups. taking note of the previous instructs us concerning the destiny. Paradigms misplaced combines the old case viewpoint with credible and sound medical reasons of key environmental failures and difficulties. the writer types via normal mess ups and human errors from Love Canal, big apple to Bhopal, India to supply higher classes that may be utilized through scientists, engineers and public safeguard officers. The research of those occasions contains achievable possible choices for destiny generations. * contains replacement techniques to environmental concerns from preventative measures to contingency plans* Richly annotated with sidebars, dialogue bins and beneficiant examples from Exxon Valdez and Love Canal to Agent Orange and Bhopal* A usable instrument for all execs from legal professionals to chemical engineers

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Eventually, however, the failures of these engineered systems became obvious in terms of health endpoints—for example, birth defects, cancer, and other diseases—as well as measurements of contamination in the air, water, and soil. Whether or not the facilities reach catastrophic failure, the curve becomes asymptotic; that is, virtually no additional risk reduction with increased costs. 3. Hypothetical change in risk in relation to time and resources expended for exposure reduction from an aggressive cleanup action.

We forget important events at our own peril. It is one thing to fail but quite another not to learn from our failures. We must consider the reasons and events that led to the failure in hopes that corrective actions and preventive measures are put in place to avoid their reoccurrence. This is not easy and is almost always complicated. Every disaster or failure has a unique set of events. Often, seemingly identical situations lead to very different conclusions. 1 Having said this, identifying these challenges certainly is not meant to imply that we cannot apply the lessons learned from environmental disasters to ongoing decisions.

The cases in this book are examples of human failure, coupled with or complicated by physical realities. Water flows downhill. Air moves in the direction of high to low pressure. A rock in a landslide falls at an increasing rate of speed. Do we blame the water, the air, or the rock? Generally, no; we blame the engineer, the ship captain, the government inspector, or whomever we consider to have been responsible. And we hold them accountable. If we ignore physical, chemical, and biological principles, we have failed in a fundamental component of risk assessment.

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