Taking the Rio 1982 formulation of the precautionary principle as a guide, the postcautionary principle has been stated as follows: “Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, the lack of full scientific certainty shall be used as a reason for not implementing cost-effective measures until after the environmental degradation has actually occurred”
.Examples of this principle include: the extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), which was, after decades of government bounty hunting (starting in 1888), declared a protected species on 10 July 1936 by the Fauna Board of Tasmania, only weeks before the last one died in captivity (on 7 September 1936); the 2003 Forestry Tasmania burning of Tasmania’s largest tree El Grande
a tree protected under legislation, and its subsequent demise, after which “new standard operating procedures” were implemented;
and seven months after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared without trace, the airline introduced a monitoring system where the onboard communication system will issue an electronic ping every few minutes
- ^ Paull, John, Certified Organic Forests & Timber: the Hippocratic Opportunity, Proceedings ANZSEE Conference 2007, 1-14, 2007
- ^ BBC, Forestry officials admit killing biggest tree, BBC News, 10 December 2003
- ^ FPB, 2004, Derwent 02-03, Forest Practices Board, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 January 2004
- ^ Creedy, Steve, 2014, More pings to locate Malaysian planes, The Australian, 31 October.