Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law and Society, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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This user-friendly book - noted for its comprehensive legal process approach to the depth and complexity of modern environmental law - gives students a solid doctrinal footing in the law and helps build their analytical skills. Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society, Fourth Edition, uses the legal process approach, building on a base of common law and constitutional law and continuing on to statutory and administrative law, to illustrate both the structure of the law and how it works.

Among the attributes that have made this classroom-tested casebook a favorite:

coverage not only of the staples of environmental law but of hot topical areas of climate change law, regulation of toxics including consumer product exposures, natural ecological services, risk assessment, “brown-fielding” of contaminated sites, and the linkage between endangered polar bears and atmospheric loading
broad topical coverage is supplemented with a reference section that includes a Statutory Capsule Appendix and an annotated Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
extensive author-written explanations accompanied by a large number of visuals, including charts, graphs, and photographs
statutory and regulatory materials that build on the common law foundation of environmental law, showing the various ways in which statutes address environmental problems and pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of each generic statutory type
accompanied by two Teacher’s Manuals (one for law school professors and one for undergraduate professors), annual Professor’s Updates , and a website with supplementary materials for adopters. The Teacher’s Manuals and Updates suggest simulations and other exercises available online for integrating problem-solving, practical perspectives into the standard class format

The Fourth Edition, which has been reorganized to bring related content together to better correspond to the amount of time usually spent on various topics, features:

a new co-author, Noah D. Hall of Wayne State
an array of significant materials not generally covered in other casebooks, including:

• The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (the December 2009 international climate change greenhouse gas regulatory negotiations)
• Exxon Shipping v. Baker (oil spill punitive damages)
• Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil (climate change/public nuisance tort)
• National Assoc. of Homebuilders v. Defenders of Wildlife (endangered species and clash of statutes/ESA, CWA)
• Coeur Alaska v. SE Alaska Conservation Council (“When can a pristine river bea toxic disposal lagoon?” and the Supreme Court’s recent parade of retreats from environmental protection)
• So. Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Norton (as a reflection of pressures on resources planning)
• Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida (sea-rise and oceanfront property)

expanded coverage of clean water, greenhouse gas trading, carbon taxes, and more

The outstanding author team of Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society, Fourth Edition, offers accessible, comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of environmental law as well as today’s hot topics.

*Instructor's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800.529.7545 or examcopy@wolterskluwer.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735577701
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 998
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One Basic Themes

Chapter 1 Basic Themes in Environmentalism
Chapter 2 Cross-Cutting Themes in Environmental Law

Part Two The Enduring Role of Common Law in Environmental protection

Chapter 3 Common Law Tools for Environmental Protection
Chapter 4 The Special Challenges of Toxic Tort Litigation

Part Three The Basic Public Law of Environmental Law

Chapter 5 An Introduction to Environmental Public Law and Regulatory Agencies
Chapter 6 The Administrative Law of Environmental Law
Chapter 7 Levels of Government & Sovereignty in the Environmental Context

Part Four A Taxonomy of Public Law Approaches to Environmental Protection

Chapter 8 Disclosure Statutes—: Public & Private Information, the Power of Required Disclosure, and the Stop-and-Think Logic of the
National Environmental Policy Act
Chapter 9 Planning as a Management Tool: Agency Oversight of Private & Public Resource Use, and the Challenge of Adaptive
Chapter 10 Roadblock Statutes: The Endangered Species Act
Chapter 11 From Harm-Based to Technology-Based Standards: Air
Chapter 12 From Technology-Based to Harm-Based Standards: Water
Chapter 13 The Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Risk Assessment
Chapter 14 Market-Enlistment Environmental Strategies
Chapter 15 Front-End Strategies: Market Entry Controls, Pollution Prevention, Toxic Use Reduction
Chapter 16 Remedial Liability Regulatory Strategies: CERCLA
Chapter 17 Life-Cycle Regulatory Strategies: RCRA

Part Five Overarching Legal Perspectives

Chapter 18 Enforcement & Compliance Strategies in the Civil Law Realm
Chapter 19 Environmental Criminal Law
Chapter 20 Public Rights and the Public Trust Doctrine
Chapter 21 Public & Private Rights in Property: Eminent Domain & Regulatory Takings
Chapter 21 International & Comparative Environmental Law


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