Unnatural Law

Unnatural Law : Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy

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While governments assert that Canada is a world leader in sustainability, Unnatural Law provides extensive evidence to refute this claim. A comprehensive assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian environmental law, the book provides a balanced, critical examination of Canada's record, focusing on laws and policies intended to protect water, air, land, and biodiversity.

Three decades of environmental laws have produced progress in a number of important areas, such as ozone depletion, protected areas, and some kinds of air and water pollution. However, Canada's overall record remains poor. In this vital and timely study, David Boyd explores the reasons why some laws and policies foster progress while others fail. He ultimately concludes that the root cause of environmental degradation in industrialized nations is excessive consumption of resources. Unnatural Law outlines the innovative changes in laws and policies that Canada must implement in order to respond to the ecological imperative of living within the Earth's limits.

The struggle for a sustainable future is one of the most daunting challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Everyone - academics, lawyers, students, policy-makers, and concerned citizens - interested in the health of the Canadian and global environments will find Unnatural Law an invaluable source of information and insight. For more information on Unnatural Law visit David Boyd's site, www.unnaturallaw.com.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.73mm | 780g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 4 b&w photos, 4 tables
  • 0774810491
  • 9780774810494
  • 1,694,688

Table of contents

Foreword by Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C.

Preface and Acknowledgments


Part One: Examination

1. Canada's Environmental Record

2. Water

2.1. Drinking Water

2.2. Water Pollution

2.3. Water Use and Conservation

2.4. Water Exports

3. Air

3.1. Ozone Depletion

3.2. Climate Change

3.3. Air Pollution

4. Land

4.1. Pesticide Regulation

4.2. Forest Management

4.3. Environmental Assessment

5. Biodiversity

5.1. Parks and Protected Areas

5.2. Endangered Species

5.3. Marine Biodiversity

Part Two: Diagnosis

6. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Canadian Environmental Law and Policy

7. Reasons for Environmental Progress

8. Systemic Weaknesses

9. Obstacles to Further Progress

10. Root Causes of Environmental Degradation

Part Three: Prescription

11. New Directions for Canadian Environmental Law and Policy

12. A New Role Model for Canada

13. Reducing Consumption

14. Population Growth and Sustainable Development

15. Conclusion



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The comprehensiveness of this book is mind-boggling .. this book presents a fantastic resource for all Canadians, including both battle-scarred environmental lawyers and those newly discovering the poor state of Canada's environmental laws and policies.

--The Legal Eye Unnatural Law is one of the most significant books on Canadian environmental law ever published, and it will likely become the standard reference work in this subject for the next decade .. Unnatural Law is a meticulously researched, informative and persuasive work. It combines careful attention to detail with an infallible eye for the big picture. The gift of this book is that whilst documenting a litany of failures, it also is forward-thinking and optimistic about how the system can adapt to changing demands and values. Unnatural Law sets a new standardfor scholarship on Canadian environmental law.

--The Journal of Environmental Law and Practice Environmental lawyer David Boyd has produced an impressive, accessibleoverview of the current state of environmental law and policy in Canada, framed as a call to action .. It is the first text in a decade to give the lay of the land on environmental policy in Canada and it does an impressive job .. This book is a strong primer on Canadian environmental policy and it would make an excellent text for undergraduate courses on the subject.

--Alternatives Journal
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About David R. Boyd

David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, and former executive director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund. He is the editor of Northern Wild: Best Contemporary Canadian Nature Writing, and lives on Pender Island, BC.
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