A respected medical journal, Lancet, has joined those pressuring Canada to stop exporting asbestos fibers to the world. The article is here. It’s good to see scientists speak out, and the media listening, as illustrated by this article. Litigation can obtain payments for harm, but it often takes knowledge, media and public pressure to achieve real change. Hopefully media pays attention and learns to ask better questions on science and business issues.
One can wonder if governments should be deemed amenable to lawsuits when they support sales of potentially dangerous products ? Will we see more global rules of law for these situations? Globalization is bringing many changes and many new issues.