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Climate Change Means the Death of Sustainability


Robin Kundis Craig


University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

August 31, 2012


Abstract:     
This short essay for the Environmental Law Collaborative explores the relationship between climate change as a physical reality and sustainability as a goal of law and policy. It argues that climate change's impacts on the basic physical, chemical, and biological processes of Earth vitiate sustainability as a meaningful goal at anything other than the most general of levels. Sustainability in this context is a form of dead-end nostalgic conservatism; what climate change demands instead is adaptability to change and resilience in the face of potential loss of functionality -- ecological, social, cultural, and economic.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: climate change, sustainability, resilience, adaptation, adaptability

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Date posted: September 1, 2012  

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Craig, Robin Kundis, Climate Change Means the Death of Sustainability (August 31, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2139605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2139605

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Robin Kundis Craig (Contact Author)
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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