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Global Environmental Governance

Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies

 Global Environmental Governance
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James Gustave Speth and Peter M. Haas

192 pages
Today's most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope, confounding the political will of any one nation. How can we solve them?

Global Environmental Governance offers the essential information, theory, and practical insight needed to tackle this critical challenge. It examines ten major environmental threats-climate disruption, biodiversity loss, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, freshwater degradation and shortages, marine fisheries decline, toxic pollutants, and excess nitrogen-and explores how they can be addressed through treaties, governance regimes, and new forms of international cooperation.

Written by Gus Speth, one of the architects of the international environmental movement, and accomplished political scientist Peter M. Haas, Global Environmental Governance tells the story of how the community of nations, nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and multinational corporations have in recent decades created an unprecedented set of laws and institutions intended to help solve large-scale environmental problems. The book critically examines the serious shortcomings of current efforts and the underlying reasons why disturbing trends persist. It presents key concepts in international law and regime formation in simple, accessible language, and describes the current institutional landscape as well as lessons learned and new directions needed in international governance. Global Environmental Governance is a concise guide, with lists of key terms, study questions, and other features designed to help readers think about and understand the concepts discussed.
"With its concise but very thorough treatment of the inherently complex topic of global governance, whether focused on environmental or other issues, this first in the series sets a high bar for the ensuing books...Summing up: Recommended."
E.J. Kormondy, CHOICE


"Global Environmental Governance serves as an essential primer on the formation of international environmental law and policy...A wonderfully informative account by two of the most respected experts in the field, Global Environmental Governance is not to be missed for anyone looking toward the future of environmental law."
Rosaleen O'Gara, InBrief


Contents     

 

 

 

Preface           

 

Chapter I- Introduction: Toward Planetary Stewardship    

Stewardship Assignments: A Thought Experiment         

The Real World: Only One Earth         

 

Chapter II- Global-Scale Environmental Challenges         

The Globalization of Environmental Threats      

Ten Major Global Environmental Challenges     

            Acid Rain and Regional Air Pollution     

            Ozone Depletion           

            Climate Disruption        

            Deforestation    

            Land Degredation and desertification    

            Freshwater Degradation and Shortages

            Marine Fisheries Decline          

            Toxic Pollutants           

            Loss of Biological Diversity     

            Excess Nitrogen          

Some Connections among the Issues    

Underlying Drivers of Deterioration      

 

Chapter III- From Stockholm to Johannesburg: First Attempt at Global Environmental Governance   

The Stockholm Conference: Setting Out           

Stockholm to Rio: Across New Frontiers         

The Earth Summit: A peak on the Journey        

Rio to Johannesburg: A Zigzag Trail     

The Johannesburg Summit: Too Steep an Incline           

Concluding Observations         

 

Chapter IV- Environmental Accord: Treaties and International Environmental Law      

International Law and Collective Action: The Basics     

The Ozone Layer Protection Regime: The Little Engine That Could:      

            Problem Identification, Fact Finding, and Agenda Setting          

            Negotiation, Bargaining, and Agreement on Actions to Be Taken          

            Formal Adoption         

            Implementation, Monitoring, Assessment, and Strengthening     

Treaty Regimes and Other Major Global Environmental Threats           

Will Climate Protection be the Next Success?  

 

Chapter V- Key Actors, Expanding Roles: The United Nations, International Organizations, and Civil Society           

The United Nations System      

Development Assistance and the Environment  

The World Trade Organization, Environment, Trade, and Globalization 

Civil Society and Governance without Governments                 

 

Chapter VI- Paths to the Future: A Second Attempt at Global Environmental Governance?     

Reformist Visions: How to Make the System Work Better        

            Cooperative Environment         

            Capacity          

            Concern          

Reformist Visions: Major Innovations   

            A world Environment Organization       

            Opening the System to the Public         

            Global Issue Networks

Alternative Visions: How to Change the System

            Addressing the Underlying Drivers: Beyond Dealing with Symptoms     

            Natural Capitalism: Beyond Blinkered Capitalism         

            Ecological Economics: Beyond Neoclassical Economics           

            Local Control: Beyond Corporate Globalization           

            Bottom-up Change: Beyond Global Governance          

 

Questions for Discussion        

References      

Further Reading         

Index  

 

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