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Global Environmental Politics

Global Environmental Politics

6th Edition
July 2013
Trade Paperback · 448 Pages
$45.00 U.S. · $52.00 CAN · £29.99 U.K. · €31.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813348964
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Although discussions about the global environment are now a daily occurrence—from companies touting energy-saving products to politicians debating how to best address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns—it remains a topic plagued by misinformation and ideologically skewed arguments. 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, and this new edition continues the tradition.

With new material on the latest international environmental regimes, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the challenges of regime implementation, and the impact of the global economic crises on the global environment, the authors offer a comprehensive overview of the environment and international politics. It is vital reading for anyone 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.

About the Authors

Pamela Chasek is professor of political science and director of the international studies program at Manhattan College. She is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on international environmental policy, including most recently The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations. She is also the executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a reporting service on United Nations environment and development negotiations.

David L. Downie is director of environmental studies and associate professor of political science at Fairfield University. Downie is also the author or editor of a variety of books, articles and book chapters on global environmental policy, his most recent work includes Climate Change: A Reference Handbook.

Janet Welsh Brown is a former policy analyst at the World Resources Institute, former executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and a former member and chair of the board of directors of Friends of the Earth.