Global Ecopolitics: Crisis, Governance, and Justice

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University of Toronto Press, 2012 - Nature - 241 pages
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Despite sporadic news coverage of extreme weather, international conventions on climate change, or special UN days, rarely do we participate in a sustained analysis of environmental policy making. To remedy this shortcoming and to propel the discussion forward, Peter J. Stoett provides a concise introduction to environmental governance.

Through seven case studies, Stoett analyzes the ability of international policy to provide environmental protection and discusses the ever-present factors of equality, sovereignty, and human rights integral to these issues. While providing a panoramic view of the actors and structures producing these policies, Stoett reminds readers that the topic is personal, that responsible governance is not solely the charge of governments but of individuals and communities as well.

 

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Contents

Planetary Anxiety and Collective Dilemmas
1
Actors and Effectiveness
19
Conserving Biodiversity and Wildlife
43
Deforestation and Land Degradation
65
Air Pollution and Climate Change
85
Oceans and Rivers
107
Trade and the Global Environment
129
War and Peace and Justice
147
Another Convention Needed? Invasive Alien Species
165
Governance Gaps and Green Goals
181
What Can You Do?
195
Index
235
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Peter J. Stoett is Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal and Senior Research Fellow with the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. In 2012 he was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-US Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His other works include The International Politics of Whaling (1997), Human and Global Security: An Exploration of Terms (2000), Sustainable Development and Canada: National and International Perspectives (2001, co-author), Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues (2008, co-editor), and Global Politics: Origins, Currents, Directions (fourth edition 2010, co-author).

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