Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization [NOOK Book]

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As the twenty-first century dawns, goods, money, people, ideas, and pollution are traveling around the world with unprecedented speed and scale, producing transnational environmental problems, from climate change to the soaring trade in commodities like timber and shrimp.

In Vanishing Borders, author Hilary French provides people concerned about the future of the planet with a clear plan of action for ensuring environmental stability in the ...

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Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization

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Overview

As the twenty-first century dawns, goods, money, people, ideas, and pollution are traveling around the world with unprecedented speed and scale, producing transnational environmental problems, from climate change to the soaring trade in commodities like timber and shrimp.

In Vanishing Borders, author Hilary French provides people concerned about the future of the planet with a clear plan of action for ensuring environmental stability in the wake of globalization.

French argues for integrating ecological considerations into the still-nascent rules of global commerce by reforming international treaties and institutions. She shows that new communications technologies are making it possible for nongovernmental organizations to mobilize powerful coalitions of private citizens to force government and corporate decision-makers to take global environmental issues into account. She finds that some forward-thinking businesses have begun to support environmental codes of conduct and other international standards, and that international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the business community are forging innovative partnerships to reverse ecological decline.

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KLIATT
When violence erupted in Seattle in November 1999, many news watchers wondered about its cause, wondered what was it about a group many Americans had never even heard of that could cause such protest. The World Trade Organization is an active participant in the ongoing shrinking of our planet. What seems only a potential beneficial erasure of national borders to increase economic stability is a thin cover over a myriad of complex issues. These issues are not just economic; they truly involve everything from clear cutting of forests in British Colombia to the spread of AIDS to the loss of species diversity due to mammoth agribusiness. Plant and animal species travel where they are not native, populations explode and are decimated and millions of dollars are made by a few. Ecological repercussions of all this have not been considered as they should be, and even the treaties and laws that are in place are not enforced properly. Non-governmental organizations have sprung up to fill the void where governments have looked away. Hilary French is vice president of the Worldwatch Institute, which produces the annual State of the World reports. In Vanishing Borders she has created a significant wake-up call to a world too busy to stop and think what all this trade really means. It is fact-filled, easy to read and quietly alarming. It's also potent enough to make everyone wish that airlines would stop issuing frequent flyer miles. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Norton/Worldwatch Book, 257p, 21cm, $13.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Katherine E. Gillen; Libn., Luke AFB Lib., AZ, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134041534
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Sustainable Development Set
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 270
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Hilary F. French is vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1. One World? 3
I. The Ecology of Globalization 13
2. Nature Under Siege 15
3. The Biotic Mixing Bowl 34
4. Global Grocers 48
5. The Export of Hazard 71
6. Sharing the Air 87
II. Reforming Global Governance 109
7. Trade Wars 111
8. Greening the Financial Architecture 127
9. Strengthening Global Environmental Governance 144
10. Partnerships for the Planet 163
Notes 177
Index 245
About the Author 258
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