With evidence mounting that climate change is severe, pervasive and perhaps irreversible, why is society not responding as if it were preparing for war? Professor Mary Wood says it’s because we assume that environmental law will protect us. But unlike many other facets of society that are innovating in anticipation of a changed climate they accept is on the way, the law is not.
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