environmental regulation

Fear, fearlessness and environmental activism: The Lock the Gate Alliance

This event is the fourth part of a four part series: Governance and the power of fear.

While the political right may harness fear to resist change, fear (and fearlessness) may play very different roles for environmental activists. This panel explores the role of emotions in galvanising or inhibiting community action.

Ecologically Responsive Regulation: searching for regulatory hope in Pandora’s Box of crises?

Multiple ecological crises face contemporary and future generations ranging from mass extinction and climate change to nitrogen depletion and plastic pollution. This seminar examines what regulation premised on ecological sustainability might offer as a way forward.

For this to happen, regulatory scholarship needs to build on existing approaches, yet extend our knowledge in significant ways to recognise planetary boundaries. This means going beyond instrumental problem-based approaches which prioritise preserving business dynamism.

How could the ‘internet of things’ revolutionise environmental governance?

The ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data. The IoT allows objects to be sensed or controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit in addition to reduced human intervention.

Gas security in the land of insecurity: Governance challenges of shale gas development in Mexico

This article identifies the governance challenges of shale gas development. Mexico has vast shale gas reserves and production and exploration of natural gas were liberalised after the energy reform was adopted into law in 2014. This reform established the governing system that will rule the upstream oil and gas sectors. This governing system consists of a regulatory setting composed of federal institutions that lack human resources specialising in shale development.

Gas security in the land of insecurity

Natural gas pipeline

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Jose Alberto Hernandez Ibarzabal

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