Show Summary Details

p. 62. Environmental problemslocked

  • Elizabeth Fisher

Abstract

The inherent complexity of environmental problems resonates throughout the creation and operation of environmental law. It shapes its structure and gives rise to questions that push the legal imagination of lawyers. ‘Environmental problems’ discusses the many types of environmental problems—from air pollution and wilderness destruction to waste dumping and climate change—and considers their common structure. It outlines the common structure of these problems and explains the finite capacity of the physical environment. Science has played a fundamental role in increasing our understanding of environmental problems, but it is also limited by the fact that in studying the environment we are studying large holistic systems in which there are multiple interconnected elements.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.