Law in the Anthropocene Era

As becomes more and more evident every day, climate change is increasingly a dominant and sometimes devastating factor for human society and natural systems on a global scale. Much has been, and will continue to be, written about how we as a society can reduce the future impacts of climate change and adapt to the impacts that have already occurred or are inevitable. But climate change is in many ways the tip of the iceberg.  It is just one of many ways in which human activities are causing large-scale shifts to natural systems on regional, continental, and global levels.  Moreover, those impacts are increasingly the result of a combination of rapid technological and economic change, and the aggregation of millions and billions of decisions of individual people around the world. This shift in human relationships with our planet has led many earth scientists to identify a new geologic period of time – the Anthropocene Epoch – characterized by human dominance…

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