Global Environmental Issues, second edition builds on the popularity of the first edition, viewing global environmental problems as complex issues with a network of causes, influenced by a range of actors with differing priorities. Global Environmental Issues recognises that science underpins much of what happens in society and therefore it is important to be able to interpret the environmental and social consequences of scientific developments. In addition to discussing the main biophysical causes, Global Environmental Issues illustrates how socio-economic and political factors determine why and how people use land, resources and technology, and how this in turn affects natural resource management.
This edition includes new chapters on the politics of science, International environmental regulation and treaties, environmental issues in a globalised world and natural resource management.
Global Environmental Issues, second edition is essential reading for upper level undergraduates and Masters students within departments of Environmental Science and Geography.
Part One Introduction 1
1 Human-Environment Interactions 3
Part Two Negotiating Environmental Science 19
2 From Science to Policy 21
3 Confronting a Multitude of Multilateral Environmental Agreements 39
Part Three The Changing Surface of the Earth 63
4 Grappling with the Global Climate Challenge 65
5 Understanding and Adapting to Sea-Level Rise 87
6 Conserving Biodiversity and Natural Resources 105
Part Four Meeting Our Needs 131
7 Food Production and Supply 133
8 Meeting Society's Demand for Energy 167
Part Five Coping with Our Impact 201
9 Sustainable Urbanisation 203
10 Coping with Pollution: Dealing withWaste 237
Part Six Conclusion 275
11 Sustainable Development: Negotiating the Future 277
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 295
“I highly recommend the thought provoking and solutions oriented book Global Environmental Issues, 2nd Edition edited by Frances Harris, to anyone involved in environmental science, geography, industry leaders, public policy makers, government officials, environmental NGOs, community groups, non-profit organizations, academics, and students at all levels who are seeking a clear and concise examination of the many faceted issues surrounding environmental problems. This book will guide decision makers and everyday people toward real solutions that consider all points of view in an inclusive and understanding manner.”
- Blog Business World, 16 August 2012