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Global Environmental Governance: Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies
     

Global Environmental Governance: Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies

by James Gustave Speth, Peter Haas, Peter M. Haas
 

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ISBN-10: 1597260819

ISBN-13: 9781597260817

Pub. Date: 06/09/2006

Publisher: Island Press

Today's most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope, confounding the political will of any one nation. How can we solve them?

Global Environmental Governance offers the essential information, theory, and practical insight needed to tackle this critical challenge. It examines ten major environmental threats-climate disruption, biodiversity

Overview

Today's most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope, confounding the political will of any one nation. How can we solve them?

Global Environmental Governance offers the essential information, theory, and practical insight needed to tackle this critical challenge. It examines ten major environmental threats-climate disruption, biodiversity loss, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, freshwater degradation and shortages, marine fisheries decline, toxic pollutants, and excess nitrogen-and explores how they can be addressed through treaties, governance regimes, and new forms of international cooperation.

Written by Gus Speth, one of the architects of the international environmental movement, and accomplished political scientist Peter M. Haas, Global Environmental Governance tells the story of how the community of nations, nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and multinational corporations have in recent decades created an unprecedented set of laws and institutions intended to help solve large-scale environmental problems. The book critically examines the serious shortcomings of current efforts and the underlying reasons why disturbing trends persist. It presents key concepts in international law and regime formation in simple, accessible language, and describes the current institutional landscape as well as lessons learned and new directions needed in international governance. Global Environmental Governance is a concise guide, with lists of key terms, study questions, and other features designed to help readers think about and understand the concepts discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597260817
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/09/2006
Series:
Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,261,369
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
 
Chapter 1. Introduction: Toward Planetary Stewardship
-Stewardship Assignments: A Thought Experiment
-The Real World: Only One Earth 
 
Chapter 2. Global-Scale Environmental Challenges
-The Globalization of Environmental Threats
-Ten Major Global Environmental Challenges
            Acid Rain and Regional Air Pollution
            Ozone Depletion
            Climate Disruption
            Deforestation
            Land Degredation and desertification
            Freshwater Degradation and Shortages
            Marine Fisheries Decline
            Toxic Pollutants
            Loss of Biological Diversity
            Excess Nitrogen
-Some Connections among the Issues
-Underlying Drivers of Deterioration
 
Chapter 3. From Stockholm to Johannesburg: First Attempt at Global Environmental Governance
-The Stockholm Conference: Setting Out
-Stockholm to Rio: Across New Frontiers
-The Earth Summit: A peak on the Journey
-Rio to Johannesburg: A Zigzag Trail
-The Johannesburg Summit: Too Steep an Incline
-Concluding Observations
 
Chapter 4. Environmental Accord: Treaties and International Environmental Law
-International Law and Collective Action: The Basics
-The Ozone Layer Protection Regime: The Little Engine That Could
            Problem Identification, Fact Finding, and Agenda Setting
            Negotiation, Bargaining, and Agreement on Actions to Be Taken
            Formal Adoption
            Implementation, Monitoring, Assessment, and Strengthening
-Treaty Regimes and Other Major Global Environmental Threats
-Will Climate Protection be the Next Success?
 
Chapter 5. Key Actors, Expanding Roles: The United Nations, International Organizations, and Civil Society
-The United Nations System
-Development Assistance and the Environment
-The World Trade Organization, Environment, Trade, and Globalization
-Civil Society and Governance without Governments
 
Chapter 6. Paths to the Future: A Second Attempt at Global Environmental Governance?
-Reformist Visions: How to Make the System Work Better
            Cooperative Environment
            Capacity
            Concern
-Reformist Visions: Major Innovations
            A world Environment Organization
            Opening the System to the Public
            Global Issue Networks
-Alternative Visions: How to Change the System
            Addressing the Underlying Drivers: Beyond Dealing with Symptoms
            Natural Capitalism: Beyond Blinkered Capitalism

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