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Systems Thinking Applied to U.S. Federal Fisheries Management

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Systems Thinking Applied to U.S. Federal Fisheries Management

Management of natural resources can co-evolve with systems-based science, and legal mechanisms can aid in this evolution process.

When the surface and mineral estates have been severed, there is a question as to which owner has the right to lease the underlying pore space.

The physical properties of engineered nanomaterials may create heretofore unknown hazards to humans and ecosystems, even where non-nanoscale versions of the same substance may already be regulated.

The primary aim of the waste hierarchy is waste prevention, which means keeping material out of the waste stream whenever possible.

The ASTM standard contains much detail, puts a gloss on some statutory provisions, and is of potential importance to any person seeking to preserve the innocent purchaser, contiguous owner, or bona fide purchaser defenses.

Federal and state laws protecting sacred sites contain weak enforcement mechanisms, and state environmental or land use procedures may be applied in a way that disfavors Native American sacred site claims.

The legal profession is making strides to add more diverse attorneys to its ranks, but some would say that environmental practice is lagging behind others.

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