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The Politics of Antarctica

February 8, 2017

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iceburgKlaus Dodds, Alan D. Hemmings and Peder Roberts discuss their new Handbook examining the complex politics of Antarctica.

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Paying for Nature

September 8, 2016

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snowy-treeIn the past many of the ways in which we benefit from the natural world have been overlooked. The law has traditionally taken into account only those benefits based on physical possession of land or on tangible produce which has a commercial value, such as timber. Other concerns, such as fresh air, clear water and the state of biodiversity, have therefore fallen outside the law’s regard. Colin Reid explores the issue.

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Making risky decisions – Is it wise to invest in desalination plants for drinking water?

June 22, 2016

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plugholeA recent and welcome news release informed us that, following several years of severe drought in California, water supplies had recovered to the extent that state officials suspended state-wide restrictions on water use. Regulation of water use reverted to local authorities. During the drought, there had been repeated suggestions that hard-hit localities (San Diego was one) might consider investing in desalination plants. A common response was that California might be wise to take a hard look at Australia’s experience with large-scale desalination during its long-lived “millennium drought” several years earlier. John C. Bergstrom and Alan Randall explain. […]

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The Real Challenges of Putting Sustainability into Practice

May 11, 2016

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Sustainable consumption is going mainstream.

Ethical products can now be found in almost any store that a North American or European shopper might frequent, whether they are buying clothes, food, building supplies, pet food, or cleaning products. Not yet mainstream, but certainly on the horizon are new systems of finance and energy supply intended to be more sustainable – socially and environmentally.

Emily Huddart Kennedy, Maurie Cohen and Naomi Krogman go on to discuss.

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Beyond Paris: Future Generations and Climate Justice – by Peter Lawrence

September 22, 2015

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What legal obligations do we owe to future generations?  Peter Lawrence argues that the pressing reality of climate change makes this question central to our idea of justice.

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