Air and Climate

Authored by: Cameron La Follette
 , Chris Maser

Sustainability and the Rights of Nature

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  June  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498788441
eBook ISBN: 9781315155999
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315155999-16

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Abstract

Air is perhaps the most difficult topic to consider in terms of environmental sustainability or (more specifically) in a Rights of Nature context because it is vast, ever shifting, generally invisible, and—even more than all the water on Earth—literally envelops the entire world. No part of the globe’s surface is without air, and no system of human ownership can parcel it among users. Thus, to discuss the global health of the air with respect to life, or to a sustainable climate, is exceedingly challenging.

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