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Global Environmental Politics

For more than twenty years, Global Environmental Politics has provided an up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased introduction to the world's most pressing environmental issues. This new edition continues this tradition while covering critical new developments in the field. Through case studies on key issues such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and biodiversity loss, the authors detail the development of major environmental regimes. With new material on the adoption of global Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the December 2015 Paris Climate Change conference and recent meetings of major conventions on desertification, biological diversity, and more the authors present a comprehensive overview of contemporary international environmental politics. Global Environmental Politics is vital reading for any student 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.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments List of Acronyms Chronology 1 The Emergence of Global Environmental Politics Global Macrotrends An Introduction to Global Environmental Politics International Regimes in Global Environmental Politics Paradigms in Global Environmental Politics Conclusion 2 Actors in the Environmental Arena Nation-State Actors: Roles and Interests Intergovernmental Organizations Treaty Secretariats International Financial Institutions Regional and Other Multilateral Organizations Nongovernmental Organizations Business and Industry Conclusion 3 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Stratospheric Ozone, Hazardous Waste, Toxic Chemicals, and Climate Change Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Hazardous Waste Toxic Chemicals Climate Change Conclusion 4 The Development of Environmental Regimes: Natural Resources, Species, and Habitats Biodiversity Loss International Trade in Endangered Species Forests Desertification and Land Degradation Fisheries Depletion Whaling Conclusion 5 Effective Environmental Regimes: Obstacles and Opportunities Obstacles to Creating Strong Environmental Regimes Obstacles to Effective National Implementation of and Compliance with Global Environmental Regimes Opportunities to Improve Effective Implementation and Compliance Increasing Financial Resources for Implementing Global Environmental Regimes Conclusion 6 Environmental Politics and Sustainable Development North--South Relations and Sustainable Development The Social Pillar of Sustainable Development Economic Development and Trade Balancing the Environmental and Sustainable Development Agendas Conclusion 7 The Future of Global Environmental Politics Global Environmental Governance in a Changing International System The Continuing Evolution of Global Environmental Governance Conclusion: The Prospects for Global Environmental Politics Appendices Notes Index

About the Author

Pamela S. Chasek is professor of political science at Manhattan College. She is the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin as well as the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including The Roads from Rio, The Global Environment in the 21st Century, and Earth Negotiations.David L. Downie teaches classes in the Department of Politics and the Environmental Studies Program at Fairfield University. He has attended nearly one hundred global environmental negotiations since 1990 and is the author of numerous publications on the creation and content of international environmental policy.Janet Welsh Brown is a former policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environmental defence Fund, and a former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth.


Praise for Prior Editions "Global Environmental Politics is an outstanding text. Through an impressive number of well-structured comparative case studies, the authors perform the minor miracle of rendering the complex and often arcane world of international environmental diplomacy accessible and comprehensible to their readers." --Robert Darst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth "This is the definitive text for students seeking to understand the actors, institutions, and political dynamism of contemporary international environmental policy." --Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University "An up-to-date, accessible, and engaging entry into the ever-evolving world of global environmental politics... [the authors] effectively provide insights into cross-cutting themes being wrestled with by actors in global environmental politics today." --Pia Kohler, Williams 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 "Quite simply the most comprehensive introduction to international environmental politics that currently exists... This text is an essential addition to any collection." --Choice

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