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Science is central to understanding most environmental problems and the solutions proposed to remedy them. But environmental issues are highly emotive, attracting extremists from across the political spectrum even in the rarified air of international politics. This book seeks to explain what 'science' and 'politics' are in the context of environmental policy making and how the interplay of science and politics influences international environmental policy. It uses original case studies to explore the interaction of science and politics across a wide range of international environmental issues including climate change, transboundary conflicts, and international forest management. Many of the chapters are collaborations between scholars from the natural and social sciences, offering a unique combination of perspectives on common environmental challenges worldwide.
Chapter 1 Thinking About Science and Politics Part 2 I Regional Issues Chapter 3 A Case Study of Two Mexican Biosphere Reserves: The Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta and the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserves Chapter 4 Scientists and Scientific Uncertainty in EU Policy Processes: BSE and Bovine Hormones Part 5 II Global Issues Chapter 6 Science and International Climate Change Policy Chapter 7 Political Responses to Changing Uncertainty in Climate Change Part 8 III Science and Precaution Chapter 9 Using Science, Ignoring Science: Lake Acidification in Ontario Chapter 10 Lost in the Woods: International Forest Policy Part 11 IV Science, Ideas, and Culture Chapter 12 Localizing Universal Science: Acid Rain Science and Policy in Europe, North America, and East Asia Chapter 13 The Effectiveness of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in Resolving International Fisheries Disputes: The Southern Bluefin Tuna Case Chapter 14 No Fence Can Stop It: Debating Dioxin Drift from a Small U.S. Town to Arctic Canada Chapter 15 International Cooperation in Environmental Politics: Ecosystem Management of the Great Lakes and the Baltic Sea Part 16 V Beyond Case Studies Chapter 17 Toward Theory Chapter 18 Appendix: Teaching with Case Studies