Brief Amicus Curiae on Reliability and Uncertainty in Science

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May 30, 2012

Brief Amicus Curiae on Reliability and Uncertainty in Science, filed on behalf of the Society for Conservation Biology and American Institute of Biological Sciences, in the Seventh Circuit biodiversity conservation case, Sierra Club v. Marita, May 24, 1994. 

In this brief to a federal appeals court, NRDC Senior Attorney Niel Lawrence explains the nature of scientific inquiry, the significance of uncertainty in science, and the feasibility of federal judges evaluating the reliability of scientific evidence on which the federal agencies base decisions affecting the environment.