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Time and Environmental Law

Time and Environmental Law
Telling Nature's Time


  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316641736

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  • Disciplined by industrial clock time, modern life distances people from nature's biorhythms such as its ecological, evolutionary, and climatic processes. The law is complicit in numerous ways. It compresses time through 'fast-track' legislation and accelerated resource exploitation. It suffers from temporal inertia, such as 'grandfathering' existing activities that limits the law's responsiveness to changing circumstances. Insouciance about past ecological damage, and neglect of its restoration, are equally serious temporal flaws: we cannot live sustainably while Earth remains degraded and unrepaired. Applying international and interdisciplinary perspectives on these issues, Time and Environmental Law explores how to align law with the ecological 'timescape' and enable humankind to 'tell nature's time'. Lending insight into environmental behaviour and impacts, this book pioneers a new understanding of environmental law for all societies, and makes recommendations for its reform. Minding nature, not the clock, requires regenerating Earth, adapting to its changes, and living more slowly.

    • Advances knowledge about how time affects the quality of environmental decision-making and provides recommendations for reform of environmental law and policy, helping scholars and students of environmental law to understand the limitations of current approaches and why global environmental decline continues
    • Highlights the importance of ecological restoration for good environmental governance, helping practitioners of ecological restoration understand how the legal system can facilitate restoration
    • Incorporates diverse, multi-disciplinary perspectives into the analysis of environmental law in practice, appealing to readers from diverse fields in understanding the role of environmental law
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316641736
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.586kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. It's time
    2. Temporalities of change
    3. The ever-present now
    4. Rear vision
    5. Rallentare
    6. Telling the time.

  • Author

    Benjamin J. Richardson, University of Tasmania
    Benjamin J. Richardson is a Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Tasmania, and the 2017 Global Law Visiting Chair at Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands. Previously, he held the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His global recognition includes winning the Research Excellence Prize of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network and the Senior Scholar Prize of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Professor Richardson is a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law and practises environmental stewardship on his Tasmanian eco-sanctuary, Blue Mountain View.

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