Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy

Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy

by Marian R. Chertow
     
 

Federal legislation has succeeded in providing cleaner air and water, but we now confront a different set of environmental problems - less visible and more subtle. This important book offers thought-provoking ideas on how America can respond to changing public health and ecological risks and create sound environmental policy for the future. The innovative thinkers of…  See more details below

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Federal legislation has succeeded in providing cleaner air and water, but we now confront a different set of environmental problems - less visible and more subtle. This important book offers thought-provoking ideas on how America can respond to changing public health and ecological risks and create sound environmental policy for the future. The innovative thinkers of the Next Generation Project of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy - experts from business, government, nongovernmental organizations, and academia - propose reforms that balance environmental efforts with other public needs and issues. Future progress must involve not only officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental protection departments, say the authors, but also decisionmakers as diverse as mayors, farmers, energy company executives, and delivery route planners. To be effective, next-generation policymaking will view environmental challenges comprehensively, connect academic theory with practical policy, and bridge the gaps that have caused recent policy debates to break down in rancor. This book begins the process of accomplishing these challenging goals.

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This timely compendium reflects the work of the Next Generation Project, started in 1995 by the Yale Center for Environment Law and Policy to develop strategies for handling the environmental problems of the next 25 years. Separate chapters are authored by experts in law, business, and environmental science who participated in the project's symposia. The book gives an overview of the successes and failures of our existing fragmented and complex environmental regulations and offers new ideas for building an environmental policy structure based on analysis of whole systems and on policy tools that defuse confrontation between environmental protection and economic activity. The topics covered include overall concepts, such as industrial ecology and ecosystem management; implementation tools, such as pollution-charge systems and tradable permits; and special problems, such as habitat loss to suburbanization, automobile congestion and exhaust, and agricultural runoff. Recommended for academic libraries and environmental collections.Joan S. Elbers, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300073010
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Yale Fastback Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.47(h) x 0.97(d)

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