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Global environmental issues present new tasks and challenges for science. This paper articulates a new scientific method, one that is neither value-free nor ethically neutral. Its results are known as "post-normal science". The method assesses and expresses the quality of scientific information in terms of its characteristic uncertainties. It is particularly relevant to global-scale, long term, policy-related research.

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Authors: FUNTOWICZ S O, JRC Ispra (IT);RAVETZ J R, Council for Science and Society, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: National Forum: Phi Kappa Phi Journal/Fall 1990, pp. 38-41
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