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Global environmental politics /
Pamela S. Chasek, David L. Downie, Janet Welsh Brown.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2010.
description
xxx, 473 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780813344423 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2010.
isbn
9780813344423 (alk. paper)
contents note
Chronology -- 1. The emergence of global environmental politics. Global macrotrends ; An introduction to global environmental politics ; International regimes in environmental politics ; Global environmental politics ; Paradigm shifts and environmental politics -- 2. Actors in the environmental arena. Nation-state actors: roles and interests ; Intergovernmental organizations ; Multilateral financial institutions ; Regional and other multilateral organizations ; Nongovernmental organizations ; Corporations ; Treaty secretariats -- 3. The development of environmental regimes : air pollution, hazardous wastes, and toxic chemicals. Transboundary air pollution ; Hazardous waste ; Toxic chemicals -- 4. The development of environmental regimes : stratospheric ozone and climate change. Ozone depletion ; Climate change -- 5. The development of environmental regimes : natural resources, species, and habitats. Whaling ; International trade in endangered species ; Biodiversity loss ; Fisheries depletion ; Desertification ; Forests -- 6. Effective environmental regimes : obstacles and opportunities. Obstacles to creating strong environmental regimes ; Obstacles to effective national implementation and compliance with global environmental regimes ; Opportunities to improve compliance ; Increasing financial resources for implementing global environmental regimes -- 7. Environmental politics, economics, and development. North-South inequalities and the environment ; Environment and development ; Trade and the environment -- 8. The future of global environmental politics. Globalization and the global environment ; Global environmental governance ; Conclusion: The prospects for global environmental politics -- Internet resources -- Glossary.
abstract
An overview of the environment and international politics, discussing the development of environmental regimes, environmental politics, environmental economics, and other related topics.--[source unknown]
catalogue key
6946868
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Pamela S. Chasek is associate professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College. She is executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and the author or editor of numerous articles and books on international environmental policy, including The Global Environment in the 21st Century and Earth Negotiations. David L. Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. He is the author or editor of a variety of publications, including Climate Change: A Reference Handbook; The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy; and Northern Lights against POPs: Combating Toxic Threats in the Arctic, coedited with Terry Fenge. Janet Welsh Brown is a former policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environment Defense Fund, and former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth. She has 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.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-10-01:
The latest edition of Global Environmental Politics by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges. In addition, this volume offers detailed accounts of an array of such enduring issues as air pollution, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion. Updates to the fifth edition address emergent issues, such as the environmental consequences of free trade and technological advancement, as well as the effects of the North-South divide on attempts to manage environmental degradation. Its case studies are supplemented with useful figures, tables, graphs, charts, and arresting images that further engage the reader in the substance of environmental politics. Though this volume's main function is likely to be in lower and upper-division college courses on environmental politics, its appealing format makes it accessible to general audiences, faculty, and practitioners as well. The text is an essential addition to any collection. Summing Up: Essential. All readership levels. R. W. Glover University of Connecticut, Storrs
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The latest edition ofGlobal Environmental Politicsby Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges … This text is an essential edition to any collection." --Choice "A well-seasoned text, the best in its field, at the introductory and advanced level … Clear, cogent, current, and comprehensive … With more books like this, we stand a better chance of managing planet earth." -David Rosenberg, Middlebury College "The definitive textbook in its field … Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike." -Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.… A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." -International Journal of Environment & Pollution "The many instructors who used the first edition of the Porter/Brown text in their courses will be delighted with this thoroughly revised second edition. It successfully captures contemporary trends in the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." -Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University "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." -Times Literary Supplement "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage.… Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects … Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook." -Environmental Politics "A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations.… It deserves to attract an extensive readership." -Political Studies "Porter and Brown make a convincing case that environmental issues are going to increasingly dominate international affairs in the years ahead. I can think of no better way for diplomats to prepare for this new age of environmental diplomacy than by reading this book." -Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute
"The latest edition of Global Environmental Politics by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges … This text is an essential edition to any collection." -- Choice "A well-seasoned text, the best in its field, at the introductory and advanced level … Clear, cogent, current, and comprehensive … With more books like this, we stand a better chance of managing planet earth." -David Rosenberg, Middlebury College "The definitive textbook in its field … Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike." -Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.… A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." - International Journal of Environment & Pollution "The many instructors who used the first edition of the Porter/Brown text in their courses will be delighted with this thoroughly revised second edition. It successfully captures contemporary trends in the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." -Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University "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." - Times Literary Supplement "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage.… Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects … Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook." - Environmental Politics "A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations.… It deserves to attract an extensive readership." - Political Studies "Porter and Brown make a convincing case that environmental issues are going to increasingly dominate international affairs in the years ahead. I can think of no better way for diplomats to prepare for this new age of environmental diplomacy than by reading this book." -Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute
"A well-seasoned text, the best in its field, at the introductory and advanced level … Clear, cogent, current, and comprehensive … With more books like this, we stand a better chance of managing planet earth." -David Rosenberg, Middlebury College "The definitive textbook in its field … Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike." -Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.… A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." -International Journal of Environment & Pollution "The many instructors who used the first edition of the Porter/Brown text in their courses will be delighted with this thoroughly revised second edition. It successfully captures contemporary trends in the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." -Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University "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." -Times Literary Supplement "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage.… Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects.… Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook." -Environmental Politics "A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations.… It deserves to attract an extensive readership." -Political Studies "Porter and Brown make a convincing case that environmental issues are going to increasingly dominate international affairs in the years ahead. I can think of no better way for diplomats to prepare for this new age of environmental diplomacy than by reading this book." -Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute
“The latest edition of Global Environmental Politics by Chasek and coauthors is quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists. The book provides a meticulously detailed account of the emergence of the environment as an international issue. It documents the manifestation of new international institutions, regimes, and regulatory frameworks to confront ecological challenges & This text is an essential edition to any collection.” -- Choice “A well-seasoned text, the best in its field, at the introductory and advanced level & Clear, cogent, current, and comprehensive & With more books like this, we stand a better chance of managing planet earth.” -David Rosenberg, Middlebury College “The definitive textbook in its field & Clear, up-to-date, thorough, accurate, and consistently interesting for students and teachers alike.” -Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University "Broad in scope, excellent in content, and easy to read. It is an impressive summary of the fast-growing and rapidly changing world of international environmental politics.& A must for students and teachers who have international environmental policy as part of their curriculum." - International Journal of Environment & Pollution "The many instructors who used the first edition of the Porter/Brown text in their courses will be delighted with this thoroughly revised second edition. It successfully captures contemporary trends in the rapidly changing world of environmental politics." -Marvin S. Soroos, North Carolina State University "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.” - Times Literary Supplement "Well documented and remarkably up-to-date coverage.& Its treatment of specific issues is sufficiently detailed to give the interested beginner a rounded grasp of their economic, scientific and political aspects & Highly recommended as an undergraduate textbook." - Environmental Politics "A sound primer on an area of increasing importance in the teaching of international relations.& It deserves to attract an extensive readership." - Political Studies "Porter and Brown make a convincing case that environmental issues are going to increasingly dominate international affairs in the years ahead. I can think of no better way for diplomats to prepare for this new age of environmental diplomacy than by reading this book." -Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute
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Summaries
Main Description
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
Main Description
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 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, 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.
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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