Part of why the atmosphere has never been considered a public trust resource is because we’ve never had to think about climate change or the atmosphere as being a renewable resource... Nonetheless, if you look at what the public trust doctrine actually says, the atmosphere is no different than other resources in terms of how fundamental it is to human life for present and future generations.
As an Associate Professor of Law at UC Hastings, David Takacs’ expertise is climate change law and environmental law. Throughout his career he has been a consultant for international NGOs and U.S. government agencies, analyzing legal and policy issues pertaining to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and global climate change. Prior to his current work, Takacs was a professor in Earth Systems Science & Policy at CSU Monterey Bay, a lecturer in the John S. Knight Writing Program at Cornell, and a Peace Corps Forestry Volunteer in Senegal.
Takacs is a proud UC Hastings alumnus. He also holds an LL.M. from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, and a B.S. in biology, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in science amd technology studies from Cornell University.