The above areas represent the current state of risk analysis in respect to the industrial ecology movement. New frontiers include, first of all, the use of Internet technologies to improve shared knowledge about industrial impacts on the environment, globalization of activities related to risk assessment and management, and the continuing advancement of the science of risk analysis. In all these areas, the key element of risk analysis for industrial ecology remains linking of individual actors, be they government agencies, companies or households, to a science-based assessment of the impacts of their actions on their environment. The evolving paradigm of risk analysis continues to serve us well in this endeavor in determining and assessing sources of risk and in motivating the adoption of effective mitigation strategies to reduce these risks.
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