Under conditions of late modernity, or reflexive modernity, the three domains of environmental concern, risk management and public understanding of science have many areas of overlap and call for a joint analysis (Beck, 1986, 1994; Giddens, 1994; Wynne, 1995). According to Beck (1994), in a risk society, we will only be able to recognize the unpredictability of the threats brought about by techno industrial development if we can carry an encompassing reflexion upon both the processes that organize social cohesion and the fundaments of rationality. According to Giddens (1994) we now live a period in which, in order to understand the three domains mentioned, both global homogenising forces and local differentiating forces have to be taken into account.