Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition / Edition 5

Global Environmental Politics: Fifth Edition / Edition 5

by Pamela S. Chasek, David L. Downie, Janet Welsh Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813344425

ISBN-13: 9780813344423

Pub. Date: 01/12/2010

Publisher: Westview Press


Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence—from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns—it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years, Global

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Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence—from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns—it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years, Global Environmental Politics has provided an up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased introduction to the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and the fifth edition continues this tradition. Offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of the environment and international politics, this updated edition includes new material on the latest international environmental regimes, climate change, the environmental challenges of free trade and globalization, and the growing role of the environment in global security. It is vital reading for anyone wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies might best safeguard our environment for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813344423
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/12/2010
Series:
Dilemmas in World Politics
Edition description:
Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition, Dilemmas in World Politics series
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xvii

List of Acronyms xix

Chronology xxiii

1 The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics 1

Global Macrotrends 2

An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics 14

International Regimes in Environmental Politics 19

Global Environmentsal Regimes 24

Paradigm Shifts and Environmental Politics 30

Conclusion 48

Discussion Questions 50

2 Actors in the Environmental Arena 53

Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests 53

Intergovernmental Organizations 63

Multilateral Financial Institutions 80

Regional and Other Multilateral Organizations 88

Nongovernmental Organizations 91

Corporations 102

Treaty Secretariats 109

Conclusion 113

Discussion Questions 114

3 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Air Pollution, Hazardous Wastes, and Toxic Chemicals 117

Transboundary Air Pollution 121

Hazardous Waste 129

Toxic Chemicals 140

Conclusion 160

Discussion Questions 161

4 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Change 163

Ozone Depletion 164

Climate Change 179

Conclusion 200

Discussion Questions 202

5 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats 203

Whaling 205

International Trade in Endangered Species 215

Biodiversity Loss 226

Fisheries Depletion 235

Desertification 245

Forests 253

Conclusion 264

Discussion Questions 269

6 Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities 271

Obstacles to Creating Strong Environmental Regimes 272

Obstacles to Effective National Implementation and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimes 290

Opportunities to Improve Compliance298

Increasing Financial Resources for Implementing Global Environmental Regimes 308

Conclusion 316

Discussion Questions 318

7 Environmental Politics, Economics, and Development 319

North-South Inequalities and the Environment 320

Environment and Development 330

Trade and the Environment 342

Conclusion 363

Discussion Questions 364

8 The Future of Global Environmental Polities 365

Globalization and the Global Environment 366

Global Environmental Governance 370

Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politics 374

Discussion Questions 380

Notes 381

Suggested Readings 439

Internet Resources 449

Glossary 451

Index 457

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