Red Sky at Morning; America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, second edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-03-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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This book will change the way we understand the future of our planet. It is both alarming and hopeful. James Gustave Speth, renowned as a visionary environmentalist leader, warns that in spite of all the international negotiations and agreements of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth's environment are not succeeding. Still, he says, the challenges are not insurmountable. He offers comprehensive, viable new strategies for dealing with environmental threats around the world. The author explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problemsclimate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and othersdon't work. He offers intriguing insights into why we have been able to address domestic environmental threats with some success while largely failing at the international level. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different government and citizen action are now urgent. If ever a book could be described as "essential," this is it.

Author Biography

James Gustav Speth is dean and professor at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University. He founded and was president of the World Resources Institute, co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, served as adviser on enviromental issues for Presidents Carter and Clinton, and was chief executive officer of the United Nations Development Programme. For his role in bringing the global warming issue to wide public attention, Speth was awarded the prestigious Blue Planet Prize.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Prologue: 1980 1(10)
Part One. Environmental Challenges Go Global... 11(64)
1. A World of Wounds
2. Lost in Eden
3. Pollution and Climate Change in a Full World
Part Two. ...And the World Responds 75(42)
4. First Attempt at Global Environmental Governance
5. Anatomy of Failure
Part Three. Facing Up to Underlying Causes 117(32)
6. Ten Drivers of Environmental Deterioration
7. Globalization and the Environment
Part Four. The Transition to Sustainability 149(54)
8. Attacking the Root Causes
9. Taking "Good Governance" Seriously
10. The Most Fundamental Transition of All
Afterword 203(28)
Resources for Citizens 231(26)
List of Abbreviations 257(4)
Notes 261(38)
For Further Reading: A Bookshelf 299(8)
Index 307

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