Global Environmental Politics

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
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Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence-from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns-it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. For nearly twenty years,Global Environmental Politicshas provided an up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased introduction to the worldrs"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, climate change, the environmental challenges of free trade and globalization, 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. Contents 1) The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics 2) Actors in the Environmental Arena 3)The Development of Global Environmental Regimes: Toxic Pollutants, Chemicals, and Wastes 4) The Development of Global Environmental Regimes: The Atmosphere, Stratospheric Ozone, and Climate Change 5) The Development of Global Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats 6) Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities 7) Environmental Politics, Economics, and Development 8) The Future of Environmental Politics

Author Biography

Pamela S. Chasek is associate professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College. She is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including The Global Environment in the 21st Century and Earth Negotiations. She is also the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on environment and development negotiations at the United Nations published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

David L. Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. The author or editor of a variety of publications, his most recent works include Climate Change: A Reference Handbook; The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy; and Northern Lights against POPs: Combating Toxic Threats in the Arctic. Prior to joining Fairfield University in 2008, Dr. Downie spent 14 years at Columbia University where he taught courses in environmental politics and helped lead several educational and research programs.

Janet Welsh Brown was a senior policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and a member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth. She also taught a variety of courses in international relations and environmental politics at the University of Washington, the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of Acronymsp. xix
Chronologyp. xxiii
The Emergence of Global Environmental Politicsp. 1
Global Macrotrendsp. 2
An Introduction to Global Environmental Politicsp. 14
International Regimes in Environmental Politicsp. 19
Global Environmentsal Regimesp. 24
Paradigm Shifts and Environmental Politicsp. 30
Conclusionp. 48
Discussion Questionsp. 50
Actors in the Environmental Arenap. 53
Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interestsp. 53
Intergovernmental Organizationsp. 63
Multilateral Financial Institutionsp. 80
Regional and Other Multilateral Organizationsp. 88
Nongovernmental Organizationsp. 91
Corporationsp. 102
Treaty Secretariatsp. 109
Conclusionp. 113
Discussion Questionsp. 114
The Development of Environmental Regimes: Air Pollution, Hazardous Wastes, and Toxic Chemicalsp. 117
Transboundary Air Pollutionp. 121
Hazardous Wastep. 129
Toxic Chemicalsp. 140
Conclusionp. 160
Discussion Questionsp. 161
The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Changep. 163
Ozone Depletionp. 164
Climate Changep. 179
Conclusionp. 200
Discussion Questionsp. 202
The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitatsp. 203
Whalingp. 205
International Trade in Endangered Speciesp. 215
Biodiversity Lossp. 226
Fisheries Depletionp. 235
Desertificationp. 245
Forestsp. 253
Conclusionp. 264
Discussion Questionsp. 269
Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunitiesp. 271
Obstacles to Creating Strong Environmental Regimesp. 272
Obstacles to Effective National Implementation and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimesp. 290
Opportunities to Improve Compliancep. 298
Increasing Financial Resources for Implementing Global Environmental Regimesp. 308
Conclusionp. 316
Discussion Questionsp. 318
Environmental Politics, Economics, and Developmentp. 319
North-South Inequalities and the Environmentp. 320
Environment and Developmentp. 330
Trade and the Environmentp. 342
Conclusionp. 363
Discussion Questionsp. 364
The Future of Global Environmental Politiesp. 365
Globalization and the Global Environmentp. 366
Global Environmental Governancep. 370
Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politicsp. 374
Discussion Questionsp. 380
Notesp. 381
Suggested Readingsp. 439
Internet Resourcesp. 449
Glossaryp. 451
Indexp. 457
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