Updated with revised material and a new chapter assessing the future, this is a comprehensive introduction to the process and politics of global environmental policy making. Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence, it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years, "Global Environmental Politics" has provided an up-to-date, accurate and unbiased introduction to the world's most pressing environmental issues, and the fifth edition continues this tradition.
Offering a comprehensive yet concise overview of the environment and international politics, this updated edition includes new material on the latest international environmental regimes, the increasing problems that water quality and water scarcity are creating in the political arena, and the growing role of the environment in global security. It is vital reading for anyone wishing to understand the current state of the field and to make informed decisions about which policies might best safeguard our environment for the future.
As an introductory text, this book could hardly be bettered. It is clearly written, with a helpful glossary of technical terms and a useful chronology. TLS"
List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of Acronyms; 1. The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics; Global Macrotrends; An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics; International Regimes in Environmental Politics; Paradigm Shift and Environmental Politics; The 1992 Earth Summit; Conclusion; 2. Actors in the Environmental Arena; Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests; International Organizations as Actors; Nongovernmental Organizations as Actors; Corporations as Actors; Conclusion; 3. The Development of Environmental Regimes: Ten Case Studies; Transboundary Air Pollution (Acid Rain); Ozone Depletion; Whaling; The Trade in Ivory from African Elephants; International Toxic Waste Trade; The Antarctic Environment; Climate Change; Biodiversity Loss; Desertification; Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks; Conclusion; 4. Implementation, Financing and Strengthening Environmental Regimes; Improving Compliance with Environmental Conventions; Financing Global Environmental Regimes and Agenda 21; Conclusion; 5. Economics, Development and the Future of Global Environmental Politics; North-South Economic Relations and the Environment; Trade and the Environment; The Politics and Economics of Global Forest Loss; Conclusion: Toward Effective Global Environmental Regimes; Discussion Questions; Notes; ; Suggested Readings; Internet Resources; Glossary; Chronology; Index
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Pamela Chasek is the founder and editor of Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on UN environmental and development negotiations, and a visiting professor and director of international studies at Manhattan College. David L Downie is an associate professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. Janet Walsh Brown is a visiting fellow at the World Resources Institute, former chair of the board of Friends of the Earth and former executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund.