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The Herald of Disaster, or: Why you should welcome regulations
Even so quite a few people — generally right-wing people, I generally notice — don’t like regulations. There are regular calls for “a bonfire of red tape”; conservatives (with a small c) cheer the idea of not having so many “rules and regulations” to follow. Leaving the European Union will mean “fewer regulations!”, which some see as a cause for celebration. Regulations make a lovely political football, because they don’t seem to enable anything. They seem to hold things back, and politicians love to be the ones making things freer.

That sort of thinking, however convenient, is dangerous.

Rules and regulations tend to exist for a reason.
by:CharlesArthur  from:Medium  regulation  capitalism  disaster 
4 days ago by owenblacker
Deep Impact - Boating NZ
When the J111 Django left Fiji for Auckland in early July with skipper Ben Costello and crew Bex Hielkema and Andrew Cooke, the forecast was clear, but just a few hundred miles from home, the light winds became fresh, then frightening.
disaster  rescue  maritime  interesting 
7 days ago by tjwds
News Up 7月6日夜 広島で起きていたこと | NHKニュース
> 私たち記者は、災害が予想される際に、いつも「警戒」や「早めの避難」を呼びかける原稿を書いています。しかし、私たちの「日常」がいつ、「災害」に変わるのかを見極めることはとてもむずかしいと感じます。
news  disaster  journalism 
7 days ago by lowply
'Toxic garbage will be sold here': Outcry as Brazil moves to loosen pesticide laws | World news | The Guardian
“The economic interest will prevail over human and environmental health.”

Of 121 pesticides permitted in Brazil for coffee production, 30 are already banned in the European Union, including the toxic herbicide paraquat, Bombardi reported in an extensive 2017 study. [...] The country already lets foreign companies exploit its lower standards of protection, they said, “exporting hazardous pesticides prohibited from use in their domestic markets to be used in Brazil.”

Under Brazil’s current legislation, pesticides with elements considered teratogenic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disruptive, or posing risks to the reproductive system can’t be registered, they said. But under the bill, hazardous pesticides will only be prohibited when there is a “scientifically established unacceptable risk” – a definition too vague to be effective.
Brazil  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  Bayer  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Monsanto  pollution  public  health  Soy  Soya  industrial  agriculture  deforestation  profit-maximisation  carcinogenic  toxic  ecological  disaster  environmental 
21 days ago by asterisk2a
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative report
palm  oil  deforestation  mass  extinction  ecological  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  monoculture  agriculture 
22 days ago by asterisk2a
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disaster  insuranceclaim  from twitter
23 days ago by ClaimsMate
High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace | WIRED
Salvage work has long been viewed as a form of legal piracy. The insurers of a disabled ship with valuable cargo will offer from 10 to 70 percent of the value of the ship and its cargo to anyone who can save it. If the salvage effort fails, they don't pay a dime. It's a risky business: As ships have gotten bigger and cargo more valuable, the expertise and resources required to mount a salvage effort have steadily increased. When a job went bad in 2004, Titan ended up with little more than the ship's bell as a souvenir. Around the company's headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it's known as the $11.6 million bell.
projectmanagement  emergency  disaster 
28 days ago by DirkSonguer

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