[Author: Carmel McNamara, IOS Press]
Amsterdam, NL – We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Volume 50 of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) has now been published online. Yes, the journal looks different – this is the first issue to feature a new cover design – though, rest assured, the contents of EPL continue to be high-quality, covering legal and regulatory developments in the environmental field.
As of 2020, the coverage of EPL has been broadened and there are a wider variety of article types available (more of that explained here). The results of these changes will not be immediately evident as any such new submissions must first make their way through the production process. What we do see in this issue is a moment of reflection as we look to the future. Tomme Young, EPL’s long-serving Managing Editor, summarises this excellentally in this issue's Editorial, in which she concludes: “With nearly a half century of experience, EPL will continue to grow, evolve and prepare to fill an enduring role in a new future of environmental law and policy around the world.”
The introduction to this issue also bears witness to the ongoing global pandemic with the publication of the "Open Letter" to the World Health Organization and the UN Environmental Programme. This, as the Editorial notes, is "the most rational and credible writing on the environmental impacts that the pandemic will have on global and national environmental policy." Read the openly available letter in full here.