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Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization
     

Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization

by Hilary French
 

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The world is shrinking faster than ever. Goods, money, microbes, pollution, people and ideas are crossing boundaries ever more frequently. The implications for our future and for the health of the planet are profound. Vanishing Borders outlines the ecological challenges posed and then goes on to define the necessary strategies for tackling them.

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The world is shrinking faster than ever. Goods, money, microbes, pollution, people and ideas are crossing boundaries ever more frequently. The implications for our future and for the health of the planet are profound. Vanishing Borders outlines the ecological challenges posed and then goes on to define the necessary strategies for tackling them.

Presently, national governments are singularly ill-equipped for tackling transitional environmental problems-from ozone depletion to soaring trade in commodities such as timbre- problems which are climbing ever higher on the international political agenda. Industrial and developing countries are on a collision course over climate change, and water shortages are creating tensions in several parts of the world.

The author argues that only a worldwide commitment to strengthening treaties and institutions needed to integrate ecological considerations into the rules of global commerce holds out hope. Over 200 international environmental treaties exist but most need more stringent conditions and enforcement, and continuing support from NGO and business communities. Significantly, the digital revolution, integral in itself to processes to globalization, offers channels through which powerful coalitions can effect change.

The book provides a compelling and accessible analysis and a clear plan of action in pursuit of environmental stability.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844079346
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Earthscan Library Collection: Sustainable Development Set Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
270

Meet the Author

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

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