Environmental Politics and Law

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Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.

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Nuclear Experiments
Site Restoration Law
Tobacco Paradigm
The Adirondack History
Public Lands Management


Lecture 1 Introduction to the Course

Lecture 2 Principles and Strategies in Environmental Law

Lecture 3 Nuclear Experiments

Lecture 4 Nuclear Secrecy and Ecology

Lecture 5 Preparing for Nuclear War: NEPA

Lecture 6 Marine Food-Chains: Mercury

Lecture 7 Site Restoration Law

Lecture 8 Chemically Dependent Agriculture

Lecture 9 Risk and Law: Pesticide Paradigm

Lecture 10 Safe Drinking Water: Science and Law

Lecture 11 Safety Claims and Free Speech: Preemption and Defamation

Lecture 12 Air Quality Law: Margins of Safety

Lecture 13 Vehicle Emissions and Public Transit

Lecture 14 The Quiet Revolution in Plastics

Lecture 15 The Tobacco Paradigm

Lecture 16 Evolution of Tobacco Law

Lecture 17 Land Use and Conservation Law: The Adirondack History

Lecture 18 Property Rights and Public Lands Management

Lecture 19 Land Use Law and Property Rights

Lecture 20 Managing Coastal Resources in an Era of Climate Change

Lecture 21 Certification: Design and Green Architecture

Lecture 22 Past and Future of Nuclear Power

Lecture 23 Renewable Energy Policies

Lecture 24 Reflection and Lessons