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UK Government’s chief scientist’s report urges caution over fracking risks

UK Government’s chief scientist’s report urges caution over fracking risks

Stefan Cramer: This is a hard-hitting warning from a highly credible source

An annual report by the UK government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir Mark Walport, warns that the government must consider the risks of innovation, rather than rushing implementation, using fracking as a case study.

The report “Innovation: managing risks not avoiding them”, points to examples of technologies or processes that were adapted then incurred serious public health or environmental problems after.

These include the industrial use of mercury, thalidomide, lead in petrol and asbestos, amongst other substances, which have had severe consequences after being rushed into use.

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