Environmental Law

What is Environmental Law ?

Polar ice caps are melting, corals in tropical seas are dying, mountain species are being forced to retreat to higher elevations, and low-lying communities are being washed away by storms and floods. Global scientific consensus confirms that we are experiencing climate change, human actions are driving that change, and ecosystems and human society must adapt to these alterations. Although questions remain about the timing, location, and severity of the impacts, legal, institutional, and policy responses to climate change need to be crafted and implemented now. Several spectacular environmental disasters, like the 1989 grounding of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez and the resulting oil spill, nuclear reactor accidents (Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania and the Ukraine’s Chernobyl in 1986), and the Bhopal gas tragedy have generated awareness.

Environmental Law is a key instrument to a sustainable world as it refers to the body of law that addresses environmental issues. The growth of environmental law has been phenomenal as the study of this special law is highly relevant to ecological and economic interdependence. Environmental problems have progressed from being...

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