9780791465110

Protecting Our Environment : Lessons from the European Union

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    9780791465110

  • ISBN10:

    079146511X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-08-04
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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Summary

Significant changes in how the world approaches global environmental problems have occurred since the late 1970s. Countries have become increasingly aware of the "borderless" nature of environmental issues, i.e., that production and consumption in one country can spill over to affect another country's environment. Protecting Our Environment considers the successes that have been achieved in the European Union (EU), as well as issues the Union still faces regarding the protection of the environment in the future. Authors Janet R. Hunter and Zachary A. Smith identify the factors that have allowed the EU to form a successful environmental regime, including the development of the environmental management approach and the principles upon which it is based. They examine in detail the challenges that have been encountered in the implementation of environmental programs, and the solutions that have been developed to address those challenges. Also considered is how economic development and environmental protection have been reconciled within the EU. By analyzing the successful example of the EU, Protecting Our Environment provides a model for a contemporary approach to global environmental problems.

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Chapter 1: Introduction 1(26)
Importance of the Study of the Environment for Humans
1(2)
Overview of Europe
3(9)
What/Who Is Europe
12(1)
Introduction to Regime Theory
13(7)
The Process of Regime Formation
20(4)
Improving the Effectiveness of International Environmental Regimes
24(1)
Applicability of Regime Theory to Environmental Problems
24(2)
Conclusion
26(1)
Chapter 2: The Organizational Structure of the European Union 27(30)
Introduction
27(1)
History of Integration of the European Nations
27(1)
Treaties and Acts Amending the Founding Treaties
28(4)
Governing Structure of the European Union
32(17)
The European Environment Agency
49(3)
The Role of the Public in EU Policy Making
52(3)
Conclusion
55(2)
Chapter 3: The European Environment 57(14)
Introduction
57(1)
History of Environmental Policy Development
58(4)
Environmental Action Programs in the European Union
62(8)
Summary
70(1)
Chapter 4: Successes and Challenges in European Union Environmental Policy 71(22)
Introduction
71(1)
Case Studies
72(15)
Implementation of Environmental Regulations
87(3)
Monitoring Effectiveness
90(1)
Summary
91(2)
Chapter 5: A Comparative Evaluation of the European Union and the United States 93(28)
Introduction
93(1)
The United States Environment
93(6)
Global Warming
99(5)
Environmental Liability
104(6)
Hazardous Waste
110(1)
Solid Waste
111(2)
Soil Erosion
113(1)
Water Pollution
114(2)
Land-Use Planning
116(1)
Conclusion
117(4)
Chapter 6: Conclusions 121(6)
Introduction
121(1)
Factors Leading to Environmental Policy Success in the European Union
121(1)
Application to International Environmental Regimes
122(4)
Conclusion
126(1)
Appendix 1: Articles 249-256 of the Treaty on European Union: Provisions Governing the Institutions 127(6)
Appendix 2: Articles 174-176 of the Treaty on European Union: Environment 133(3)
Appendix 3: The Sixth Community Environment Action Program 136(31)
Notes 167(22)
Index 189

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"Protecting Our Environment considers the successes that have been achieved in the European Union (EU), as well as issues the Union still faces regarding the protection of the environment in the future. Authors Janet R. Hunter and Zachary A. Smith identify the factors that have allowed the EU to form a successful environmental regime, including the development of the environmental management approach and the principles upon which it is based. They examine in detail the challenges that have been encountered in the implementation of environmental programs, and the solutions that have been developed to address those challenges. Also considered is how economic development and environmental protection have been reconciled within the EU. by analyzing the successful example of the EU, Protecting Our Environment provides a model for a contemporary approach to global environmental problems."--BOOK JACKET.

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