Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy

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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, ...
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Overview

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300073010
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Yale Fastback Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Thinking Ecologically: An Introduction
1 Industrial Ecology: Overcoming Policy Fragmentation 19
2 Ecosystem Management and Economic Development 37
3 Property Rights and Responsibilities 49
4 Land Use: The Forgotten Agenda 60
5 Sorting Out a Service-Based Economy 76
6 Globalization, Trade, and Interdependence 91
7 Market-Based Environmental Policies 105
8 Privately Financed Sustainable Development 118
9 Technology Innovation and Environmental Progress 136
10 Data, Risk, and Science: Foundations for Analysis 150
11 Toward Ecological Law and Policy 170
12 Coexisting with the Car 189
13 Environmental Protection from Farm to Market 200
14 Energy Prices and Environmental Costs 217
15 A Vision for the Future 231
App. I Next Generation Project Participants 241
App. II: Contributors 248
Abbreviations 251
For Further Reading 253
Index 263
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