Environmental policy is often practiced reactively with each crisis addressed as an isolated event. Focusing on development of proactive policies, Global Environment Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice provides the essential scientific and socioeconomic framework for formulating pragmatic and comprehensive environmental policies. It discusses topics of interest to both an American and international audience.
Beginning with basic concepts, it advances into successively more advanced principles, theories, and practices for developing and implementing comprehensive environmental policy solutions; Topics are introduced in a logical, yet connected, user-friendly manner.
Using practical case studies and examples, Global Environmental Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice illustrates both the power and limitations of theoretical approaches. It defines the scope and nature of the environmental policy problem, outlining its origins and evolution, and introduces the policy frameworks of the United Nations, European Union, and the United States.
Each chapter begins with a case study and ends with a problem set; the questions are designed to elicit practical and critical thinking. Global Environmental Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice ends with two capstone problems that exemplify nearly every major topic and aspect presented in this book. Upon completion, readers should possess the competency required to examine a real world problem, evaluate it in terms of the concepts, principles, and tools described throughout Global Environmental Policy: Concepts, Principles, and Practice, and develop a practical policy solution for resolving that problem.
Introduction to Global Environmental Concepts and Principles
- The Historical Context of the Environmental Movement
- Concepts and Principles Underlying Environmental Policy
- Sustainability and Environmental Policy
- Environmental Policy Treaties and Their Implementation
Sustainability, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Decision Making
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Environmental Decision-Making Theory and Practice
- Environmental Management Systems
Environmental Ethics and Economics
- Environmental Ethics
- Environmental Economics
Critical Global Environmental Issues
- The Coming Water Wars
- Peak Oil, Alternatives, and Energy Policy: The Looming World Oil Crisis
- Peak Food or Peak Everything: An Era of Bounty or Begging?
- Global Climate Change
- The Global Population Paradox: A Population Explosion or Implosion?
- Epilogue: Acting Locally-The Six Degrees of Separation
Charles H. Eccleston, CEP has over 20 years experience in developing environmental and energy-related policies and analyses. He prepares Environmental Impact Statements to evaluate impacts of projects and policies.
"[the authors] offer the reader a balanced skill-set, including concepts, principles, and practices for developing and implementing more effective and proactive environmental policy responses to the Earth's burgeoning environmental problems [...] introduces the reader, in a concrete yet instructive way, to the major ethical, philosophical and economic principle theories underlying the current environmental debate."
– Patricia Romero Lankao Ph.D., Deputy Director at the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder CO. Previously Tenured Professor in Mexico-City, Mexico
" [...] Eccleston and March bring a reasoned perspective to the world's most prominent environmental issues [...] [the book] celebrates how far we have come in our relationship with the natural world while at the same time bringing forth the immediacy of our global circumstances."
– Ron Deverman, President, National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP)
" [...] Anyone who needs to hit the ground running in the practice of environmental policy needs to read this book"
– Tim Cohen, is a "Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff," U.S. Sandia National Laboratories