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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which states that property laws in particular, property rights -need to change or evolve in order to better equip society to deal with the ecological challenges of our time. The book is intended to make a new contribution to discussions on property rights, rather than simply deconstruct and criticize current property regimes. The chapter presents a brief introduction to the broader context and conflicts surrounding the interaction between property rights and sustainability. Many of the major environmental issues that confront us today can be attributed to human activities that cumulatively, and over time, compromise shared and interconnected ecological systems. The book focuses on the intersection between environmental law and property law, and explores the view that environmental law is failing because it still only floats over the surface of property law.

Keywords:environmental law; property law; sustainability

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