Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

by James Gustave Speth
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Yale University Press

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Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

This book will change the way we understand the future of our planet. It is both alarming and hopeful. James Gustave Speth, renowned as a visionary environmentalist leader, warns that in spite of all the international negotiations and agreements of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth's environment are not succeeding. Still, he says, the challenges are not insurmountable. He offers comprehensive, viable new strategies for dealing with environmental threats around the world. The author explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problems -- climate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and others -- don't work now and won't work in the future. He provides a stinging critique of the failure of U.S. leadership and offers intriguing insights into why we have been able to address domestic environmental threats with some success while largely failing at the international level. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different and far-reaching actions by citizens and governments are now urgent. If ever a book could be described as "essential," this is it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300102321
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: 19801
Part 1.Environmental Challenges Go Global ...11
1.A World of Wounds13
2.Lost in Eden23
3.Pollution and Climate Change in a Full World43
Part 2.And the World Responds75
4.First Attempt at Global Environmental Governance77
5.Anatomy of Failure98
Part 3.Facing Up to Underlying Causes117
6.Ten Drivers of Environmental Deterioration119
7.Globalization and the Environment140
Part 4.The Transition to Sustainability149
8.Attacking the Root Causes151
9.Taking "Good Governance" Seriously172
10.The Most Fundamental Transition of All191
Resources for Citizens203
List of Abbreviations229
For Further Reading: A Bookshelf269

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