Are existing laws enough to cope with accelerating environmental change?

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Do you think that major statutory reform is necessary address global environmental challenges? Think again.

Newly published research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a group of environmental law scholars explores the untapped capacity of existing environmental and natural resources management statutes to address accelerating environmental change in the absence of major legislative reform.
The research, titled “Untapped capacity for resilience in environmental law,” comes at a time whenthe world’s environment is changing rapidly in ways that directly impact human well-being, from migrating species to changing precipitation patterns, flooding, and water supplies. As a result, adaptation—both of ecosystems and social-ecological systems—is inevitable, according to researchers.
In many cases, systems will…

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