The Global Environment: Institutions, Law and Policy

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Norman J. Vig, Regina S. Axelrod
Earthscan, 1999 - Environmental law, International - 352 pages
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All serious environmental threats are now international in scope and more than one thousand international environmental agreements already exist. Yet the prospects for international cooperation leading to the management of impacts on the planet remain grim. The Global Environment meets the need for an authoritative assessment of the state of international environmental institutions, laws and policies at the end of the 20th century.The book examines disagreements over the meaning of sustainable development, problems inherent in implementing environmental policies and the conflict over the exclusion of developing countries from the Kyoto Protocol. It discusses the profound trade-offs that may be required, the role of international financial interests in promoting incompatible forms of development and analyses international environmental institutions, law and policy and sustainable development.
 

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Contents

Governing the International Environment
1
International Environmental Policies
17
International Institutions and Regimes
27
The Role of Environmental NGOs
52
The European Union as an Environmental
72
International Environmental
98
Compliance with International Environmental
138
Myth or Reality?
157
The United Nations Climate Change Agreements
210
U S International Environmental
236
National Cases
256
Democracy and Nuclear Power in the Czech Republic
279
The Three Gorges Dam and the Issue
300
Mining Environmental Protection
317
Index
333
Copyright

Economic Integration and the Environment
190

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About the author (1999)

Norman J. Vig is Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Emeritus, at Carleton College.

Regina S. Axelrod is professor of political science and chair of the political science department at Adelphi University. She has published numerous articles and books on environmental and energy policy in the United Sates, the European Union, and Central Europe, including Environment, Energy, Public Policy: Toward a Rational Future and Conflict between Energy and Urban Environment. She has lectured at Charles University, Prague, and the University of Budapest on nuclear power and the transition to democracy. She is an academic associate of the Atlantic Council and past president of the New York Political Science Association. In 2007, she received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to lecture in the Czech Republic. She also received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, the Soros Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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