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Reforming Environmental Law for Responsiveness to Change

Mcdonald, J ORCID: 0000-0002-7953-1458 2017 , 'Reforming Environmental Law for Responsiveness to Change', in R Levy and M O'Brien and S Rice and P Ridge and M Thornton (eds.), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform , ANU Press, Acton, ACT, pp. 243-252.

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Abstract

Law reform is about change. This contribution argues that suchchange needs to be about change itself. The earth’s life support systemsare experiencing profound and potentially devastating change.Anthropogenic interference with the earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen cycle,biodiversity, and water resources fundamentally challenge the adequacy ofcurrent environmental laws, but the forces of change in environmentallaw are not limited to environmental or climatic conditions. They arealso influenced by the ways humans react to change, through large-scale demographic shifts as well as through altering behaviour. Othersignificant changes either militate or facilitate environmental law reform.These include developments in our understanding of the environmentalimpacts of human activities and interactions and alterations to the impactsof particular activities when they are modified. Societal values relating toenvironmental and other priorities are also in a state of constant evolution.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Mcdonald, J
Keywords: climate change adaptation, resilience, law
Publisher: ANU Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.22459/NDLA.09.2017
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Copyright 2017 ANU Press

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