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Global Environmental Governance

Series: Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies Series Volume: 1

By: James Gustave Speth and Peter M Haas

180 pages, no illustrations

Island Press

Paperback | May 2006 | #158608 | ISBN: 1597260819
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Hardback | May 2006 | #158606 | ISBN: 1597260800
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About this book

Today's most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope, confounding the political will of any one nation. How can we solve them? "Global Environmental Governance" offers the essential information, theory, and practical insight needed to tackle this critical challenge. It examines ten major environmental threats - climate disruption, biodiversity loss, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, freshwater degradation and shortages, marine fisheries decline, toxic pollutants, and excess nitrogen - and explores how they can be addressed through treaties, governance regimes, and new forms of international cooperation. Written by Gus Speth, one of the architects of the international environmental movement, and accomplished political scientist Peter M. Haas, "Global Environmental Governance" tells the story of how the community of nations, nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and multinational corporations have in recent decades created an unprecedented set of laws and institutions intended to help solve large-scale environmental problems.

The book critically examines the serious short-comings of current efforts and the underlying reasons why disturbing trends persist. It presents key concepts in international law and regime formation in simple, accessible language, and describes the current institutional landscape, as well as lessons learned and new directions needed in international governance. "Global Environmental Governance" is a concise guide, with lists of key terms, study questions, and other features designed to help readers think about and understand the concepts discussed.


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Biography

From 1993 to 1999, James Gustave Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group, and is currently dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (Yale University Press, 2004), and Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment (Island Press, 2003) and resides in Guilford, Connecticut. Peter M. Haas is Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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