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Making Environmental Law The Politics Of Protecting The Earth

Author : Nancy E. Marion
ISBN : 9780313393631
Genre : Science
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From Eisenhower to Obama, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the policies Congress and the president have proposed and passed to protect the environment over time. • Tables summarize key legislative acts • Index of all bills listed in the text • An appendix with a timeline of important dates in the history of environmental law

Allocating The Earth

Author : Breena Holland
ISBN : 9780199692071
Genre : Political Science
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This book offers a framework for improving both the substantive outcomes of environmental policies, and the decision-making processes that produce those outcomes. Both aspects of environmental policy create important inequities that the dominant economic approach to evaluating and designing environmental policies cannot adequately address. Holland draws on the 'capabilities theory' of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum to develop an approach to evaluating anddesigning environmental policies that is grounded in ideals of social justice rather than economic efficiency. She applies this framework to demonstrate its potential to improve current valuation ofenvironmental goods, justification of environmental protection, and inclusion of citizens in the decisions about environmental protection. While richly informed by both philosophy and economic reasoning, the book is highly accessible and suitable for non-specialists interested in understanding the theory and practice of environmental protection in the United States.

After Nature

Author : Jedediah Purdy
ISBN : 9780674368224
Genre : History
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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. The world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists call this epoch the Anthropocene, Age of Humans. The facts of the Anthropocene are scientific—emissions, pollens, extinctions—but its shape and meaning are questions for politics. Jedediah Purdy develops a politics for this post-natural world.

The Making Of Environmental Law

Author : Richard J. Lazarus
ISBN : 0226470644
Genre : Law
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The unprecedented expansion in environmental regulation over the past thirty years—at all levels of government—signifies a transformation of our nation's laws that is both palpable and encouraging. Environmental laws now affect almost everything we do, from the cars we drive and the places we live to the air we breathe and the water we drink. But while enormous strides have been made since the 1970s, gaps in the coverage, implementation, and enforcement of the existing laws still leave much work to be done. In The Making of Environmental Law, Richard J. Lazarus offers a new interpretation of the past three decades of this area of the law, examining the legal, political, cultural, and scientific factors that have shaped—and sometimes hindered—the creation of pollution controls and natural resource management laws. He argues that in the future, environmental law must forge a more nuanced understanding of the uncertainties and trade-offs, as well as the better-organized political opposition that currently dominates the federal government. Lazarus is especially well equipped to tell this story, given his active involvement in many of the most significant moments in the history of environmental law as a litigator for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, an assistant to the Solicitor General, and a member of advisory boards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Ranging widely in his analysis, Lazarus not only explains why modern environmental law emerged when it did and how it has evolved, but also points to the ambiguities in our current situation. As the field of environmental law "grays" with middle age, Lazarus's discussions of its history, the lessons learned from past legal reforms, and the challenges facing future lawmakers are both timely and invigorating.

Nature S Trust

Author : Mary Christina Wood
ISBN : 9780521195133
Genre : Law
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This book exposes the dysfunction of environmental law and offers a transformative approach based on the public trust doctrine. An ancient and enduring principle, the public trust doctrine empowers citizens to protect their inalienable property rights to crucial resources. This book shows how a trust principle can apply from the local to global level to protect the planet.

Half Earth Our Planet S Fight For Life

Author : Edward O. Wilson
ISBN : 9781631490835
Genre : Science
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Half-Earth proposes an achievable plan to save our imperiled biosphere: devote half the surface of the Earth to nature. In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. If we are to undertake such an ambitious endeavor, we first must understand just what the biosphere is, why it's essential to our survival, and the manifold threats now facing it. In doing so, Wilson describes how our species, in only a mere blink of geological time, became the architects and rulers of this epoch and outlines the consequences of this that will affect all of life, both ours and the natural world, far into the future. Half-Earth provides an enormously moving and naturalistic portrait of just what is being lost when we clip "twigs and eventually whole braches of life's family tree." In elegiac prose, Wilson documents the many ongoing extinctions that are imminent, paying tribute to creatures great and small, not the least of them the two Sumatran rhinos whom he encounters in captivity. Uniquely, Half-Earth considers not only the large animals and star species of plants but also the millions of invertebrate animals and microorganisms that, despite being overlooked, form the foundations of Earth's ecosystems. In stinging language, he avers that the biosphere does not belong to us and addresses many fallacious notions such as the idea that ongoing extinctions can be balanced out by the introduction of alien species into new ecosystems or that extinct species might be brought back through cloning. This includes a critique of the "anthropocenists," a fashionable collection of revisionist environmentalists who believe that the human species alone can be saved through engineering and technology. Despite the Earth's parlous condition, Wilson is no doomsayer, resigned to fatalism. Defying prevailing conventional wisdom, he suggests that we still have time to put aside half the Earth and identifies actual spots where Earth's biodiversity can still be reclaimed. Suffused with a profound Darwinian understanding of our planet's fragility, Half-Earth reverberates with an urgency like few other books, but it offers an attainable goal that we can strive for on behalf of all life.

Before Earth Day

Author : Karl Boyd Brooks
ISBN : UOM:39015078791350
Genre : Law
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Dispels the conventional belief that American environmental law was a product of the 1970s, finding instead that its origins go back to New Deal and Cold War policies, and traces the dramatic post-war shift in the way Americans viewed the natural environment.

A Contract With The Earth

Author : Newt Gingrich
ISBN : 0801891655
Genre : Nature
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The foundation of the book—a ten-point Contract with the Earth—promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.

Client Earth

Author : James Thornton
ISBN : 1911344811
Genre : Law
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"Who will stop the planet from committing ecological suicide? The UN? Governments? Activists? Corporations? Engineers? Scientists? Whoever, environmental laws need to be enforceable and enforced. Step forward a fresh breed of passionately purposeful environmental lawyers. They provide new rules to legislatures, see that they are enforced, and keep us informed. They tackle big business to ensure money flows into cultural change, because money is the grammar of business just as science is the grammar of nature. At the head of this new legal army stands James Thornton, who takes governments to court, and wins. And his client is the Earth. With Client Earth, we travel from Poland to Ghana, from Alaska to China, to see how citizens can use public interest law to protect their planet. Foundations and philanthropists support the law group ClientEarth because they see, plainly and brightly, that the law is a force all parties recognize. Lawyers who take the Earth as their client are exceptional and inspirational. They give us back our hope."--Publisher's description.

Silent Spring

Author : Rachel Carson
ISBN : 0618249060
Genre : Nature
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Discusses the reckless annihilation of fish and birds by the use of pesticides and warns of the possible genetic effects on humans.

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