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Climate Impacts

Climate Impacts  

The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel combustion, land use change, and other anthropogenic activities may have begun to change the global climate system (Houghton ...
environmental court

environmental court  

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Forms of specialist environmental court have been established in a number of common law jurisdictions, notably the Environment Court in New Zealand, and various courts in Australian States, such as ...
environmental ethics

environmental ethics  

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A search for moral values and ethical principles in human relations with the natural world. See also ethics, land ethcs, stewardship.
environmental Law

environmental Law  

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The body of official legal rules, decisions, and actions that relate to environmental quality, natural resources, and ecological sustainability.
European Union environmental law

European Union environmental law  

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European Union environmental law is that body of law emanating from the European Union (‘EU’) concerning environmental protection. Technically speaking this body of law is Community environmental law ...
London Convention of 1972

London Convention of 1972  

Dredged spoils, radioactive material, and a wide range of municipal and industrial waste have for decades been disposed of by dumping or incineration at sea. These options have been attractive ...
no regrets policy

no regrets policy  

An approach to management that involves erring on the side of caution and planning well in advance. See also precautionary principle.
nonmaleficence

nonmaleficence  

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The ethical principle of doing no harm, expressed in the ancient medical maxim primum non nocere (first do no harm). Its approximate counterpart in population health is the precautionary principle.
ozone

ozone  

Triatomic oxygen, a very reactive, irritant gas, mainly formed in the atmosphere by various photochemical reactions. Its concentration is measured in Dobson units. It is found primarily at three ...
product safety

product safety  

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Products must be safe for people to use. There are various direct controls that are intended to ensure that an adequate level of safety is maintained. The concept of ‘safety’ ...
Rio Declaration

Rio Declaration  

The declaration that summarized the deliberations of the delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, in 1992 (the Rio Summit). These were expressed in 27 ...
Straddling and Migratory Stocks Agreement

Straddling and Migratory Stocks Agreement  

The United Nations Agreement on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (in full, the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the ...
sustainable development

sustainable development  

A concept that is used to describe community and economic development in terms of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. See also ...
valuation

valuation  

The act of determining or estimating the value or worth of an object.
wait-and-see principle

wait-and-see principle  

A conservative approach to environmental management, in which action is postponed until complete, correct, and detailed predictions of the likely impacts of different courses of action are available. ...

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