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Era IV—The Anthrocene Age

Jan G. Laitos

in The Right of Nonuse

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195386066
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.003.0006
Era IV—The Anthrocene Age

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This chapter discusses the fourth era of resource use and nonuse—the Anthrocene Age. Era IV may be called the Anthrocene Age because of the prominent role played by human anthropogenic decisions. Era IV, which continues to the present, has three prominent anthropocentric characteristics: continued suboptimal use of some resources; laws requiring individuals and entities to comply with regulations in order to protect indirect resource values that provide human benefit; and new laws that for the first time recognized and upheld human preferences for nonuse values. Throughout Era IV, the resource economy increasingly came under political and governmental control. However, these twentieth century laws were anthropocentric and designed to protect resource indirect use and nonuse values primarily for the benefit of humans.

Keywords: human anthropogenic decisions; environmental law; nonuse values; resource economy

Chapter.  7528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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