Environmental Law and Policy: Nature Law and Society (Aspen Casebook)

ISBN-13: 9781454868408

ISBN-10: 1454868406

Author: Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Robert H. Abrams, Robert L. Graham, Lisa Heinzerling, David A. Wirth, Noah D. Hall

Edition: 5

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Wolters Kluwer
Hardcover 1120 pages
Law, Sociology, Environmental Studies
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Acknowledged author Zygmunt J.B. Plater wrote Environmental Law and Policy: Nature Law and Society (Aspen Casebook) comprising 1120 pages back in 2016. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 1454868406 and 9781454868408. Since then Environmental Law and Policy: Nature Law and Society (Aspen Casebook) textbook received total rating of 4 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $48.25 or rent at the marketplace.


Environmental Law & Policy: Nature, Law & Society is a coursebook designed to access the law of environmental protection through a taxonomic approach. It explores the range of legal structures and legal methodologies of the field rather than simply designing it according to air, water, toxics, etc. as subject media (which often results in duplicative legal coverage). All the major subject areas of pollution and resource conservation are covered, but they are covered according to the legal approaches they represent. The book is Saxist, because it originally arose and continues to carry on themes from the teaching, guidance, and writings of the late Joseph Sax, the eminent pioneer of the environment law field. Sax emphasized the interaction between common law and public law statutory structures, and introduced the public trust doctrine as a thread undergirding and running through the entire field of environmental law.


  • Coverage of the December 2015 Paris COP-21 climate agreement in its several different aspects, incorporating analysis by co-author Prof. David Wirth who played an active role in international preparations for the Paris accord.
  • Expanded material on carbon pricing carbon taxes until recently widely thought to be a politically impossible alternative avenue for mitigation of global climate disruption.
  • Fracking case and discussion materials on fracking, the major new fossil energy extraction technology that is changing the energy profile and landscape of the U.S.
  • Tracking major recent revisions in toxic substance regulation, with essential comparisons to the contemporary European model of market access chemical regulation.
  • Regulation of Greenhouse Gases under the Clean Air Act and otherwise.
  • The Flint, Michigan toxic lead water pollution disaster, with both civil and criminal repercussions.
  • An updated guide through the complexities of tensions between private property rights and environmental protections, and an innovative clarification of recent Supreme Court caselaw.
  • An innovative chapter on official planning a basic and problematic element of environmental governance, whether at the local level or the national public lands level.