From 2007 to 2013 more than 130 environmental courts were established in China. A recent paper examines the political context underlying the establishment of the courts — and exposes their limited role in addressing environmental issues.
Environmental science guides the design of environmental policies and regulations. But what happens when science does not align with law and policy? A recent study shows that a mismatch between the science of ecological "restoration" and the policy mechanism of environmental interventions has unintended consequences.
Environmental management is an interdisciplinary art. One important topic is the relationship between science and policy. A recent article identifies the barriers of integrating ecology and law in environmental management, and proposes "resilience-based adaptive governance" as a way to facilitate integration.