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Doing time: the temporalities of environmental law


Richardson, BJ, Doing time: the temporalities of environmental law, Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene, Hart Publishing, Kotze, L (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 55-74. ISBN 9781509906567 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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A disturbing way to visualise the Anthropocene is Google Earth's time-lapsed, bird's-eye panoramas. Launched in 2013 by the United States Geological Survey and NASA, Google displays vivid satellite pictures of Earth for each year since 1984.1 Users of the 'Earth Engine' can zoom into any corner of the planet to watch a time-lapsed sequence of images over about the past 30 years. Taken from Landsat satellites, they evoke a stunning historical vista of permutations in the Earth's landscape over a mere few decades--a fleeting moment in nature's timescales. One time-lapse series shows Dubai ballooning from a desert village into a metropolis complete with artificial islands; another tracks the carcinogenic-like sprawl around Las Vegas; while a further sequence depicts the ravenous deforestation of the Amazon.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:environmental law, temporal misalignment, intergenerational equity
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, BJ (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:115525
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-03-29
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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