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Palmer, Professor Kenneth --- "Foreword" [2014] NZJlEnvLaw 1; (2014) 18 NZJEL v

Last Updated: 31 January 2023


In December 2014, at the annual meeting on climate change in Lima, Peru, some 196 countries were able to agree on an outline proposal to present a comprehensive plan to the next meeting in Paris to set targets to implement the Kyoto Protocol. A notable advancement has been the commitment of the United States to enter the Convention and for China to join in the strategies to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Central to the progression is the burden on the poorer countries and the provision of economic incentives.

This issue of the journal contains a number of articles which address the international and national objectives of sustainability. The first article is pertinent to the Kyoto objective. Azin Baghaki examines “The Inequitable Connections between Environmental Degradation, Climate Change and Poverty — An Overview and Analysis of Current and Future Frameworks and Strategies”. Joshua Pietras focuses on “Bisphenol A: A Critique of the Law’s Failure to Protect the Public from Toxic Exposure”. The sharing of knowledge is raised by Zainab Al Sadooni in “Achieving Sustainable Development: How New Zealand can Learn from the European Union, the United Kingdom and the Rest of the World”. A local issue under the RMA is analysed by Annie Cao in “Climate Change Considerations in Energy Decision­making: A Comparative Analysis”. Michael Pickford addresses “Economic Efficiency and the Resource Management Act”. Matters of precaution are assessed by Greg Severinsen in “Letting our Standards Slip? Precaution and the Standard of Proof under the Resource Management Act 1991”. Urban housing features in Melanie Brebner’s article “Auckland’s Housing Affordability Problem”. Urban renewal policy is raised by Jenny Hughey in “Injecting Sustainability into the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery”. Finally, Mark Calderwood provides “A Critical Analysis of the Regulatory Framework to Protect and Preserve Maui’s Dolphin in New Zealand”.

The academic contributions of the respective authors are gratefully acknowledged. In relation to production, the editor wishes to acknowledge the substantial subediting skills of Mike Wagg, and those of Amy Tansell of Words Alive for the final layout of the journal.

The collegial support of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, the support of the Dean and professional staff of the Law School of The University of Auckland, together with the financial support of the Law School, is also acknowledged.

Dr Kenneth Palmer General Editor Faculty of Law

The University of Auckland December 2014

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