Monday, March 31, 2008

Science and Security

I like what they're doing in New Zealand:

Scientists are to work directly with civil defence authorities under a new memorandum designed to improve national emergency management.

The agreement means emergency response agencies will get direct access to scientific data relevant to planning civil defence strategies.

And scientists will have access to emergency scenes to improve their understanding of hazards facing New Zealand.

In emergency situations, the ministry will make space for GNS Science staff in the National Crisis Management Centre...
All too often, science is undervalued as a risk-management resource at the level of policy-making.

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