Global Environmental Risk

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Jeanne X. Kasperson, Roger E. Kasperson
United Nations University Press, 2001 - Nature - 574 pages
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Despite international initiatives such as the Earth Summit in 1992 and ongoing efforts to implement the Kyoto Protocol, human activities continue to register a destructive toll on the planetary environment. At root, research on global environmental risk seeks new pathways for reversing unsustainable trends, curtailing ongoing destructive activities, and creating a life-sustaining planet. This book takes stock of the distinctive challenges posed by global environmental risks, the capacity of knowledge systems to identify and characterize such risks, and the competence of human society to manage the unprecedented complexity. Particular attention trains on engaging, in ways conducive to enhancing social learning and adaptation, the large uncertainties inherent in these risks.

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Editors Introduction
The risk transition and developing countries
Global risk uncertainty and ignorance

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Jeanne X. Kasperson is Research Associate Professor and Research Librarian at the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University and a visiting scholar at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Roger E. Kasperson is Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute. Previously he was University Professor of Government and Geography and Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University.

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