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Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law$
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Lavanya Rajamani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280704.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law

Lavanya Rajamani

Oxford University Press

Since the earth has only a limited amount of natural resources, we realize that those who inhabit the earth are gradually using up these said scarce resources. If such behaviour and measures that exhibit environmental exploitation are sustained, this is expected to have large impacts on lifestyle options, development, and possibly dramatic changes in the uses of various global resources. Although the need arises for the community of sovereign states to come up with a common goal to protect and conserve environmental resources, this is hindered because of the varying and worsening degrees of poverty and the increasing occurrences of discrepancies and inconsistencies within and between different nations. As such, the modern era is faced with a challenge of integrating countries in order to establish international environmental regimes. Through examining differential treatment in environmental treaties, their boundaries, and their bases, this book examines how differential treatment in developing countries is integrated into international environmental regimes.

Keywords:   natural resources, scarce resources, environmental exploitation, international environmental regimes, sovereign states, modern era, developing countries

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