Global Environmental Sustainability

Global Environmental Sustainability
Author: Choy Yee Keong
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-10-31
ISBN 10: 0128224134
ISBN 13: 9780128224137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Global Environmental Sustainability: Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations’ Journey toward Sustainable Development presents an integrated, interdisciplinary analysis of sustainable development, addressing global environmental problems in the contemporary world. It critically examines current actions being taken on global and local scales, particularly in relation to the UN’s efforts to promote sustainable development. This approach is supported by empirical analysis, drawing upon a host of interweaving insights spanning economics, politics, ecology, environmental philosophy, and ethics, among others. As a result, it offers a comprehensive and well-balanced assessment of the overall perspective of sustainable development supported by in-depth content analysis, theoretical evaluation, empirical and actual case studies premised on solid data, and actual field work. Also, the book marks a milestone in placing the Covid-19 pandemic into a perspective for understanding the universality of human collective environmental behavior and action. By utilizing in-depth analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and challenging the status quo of what is expected in the global approach to sustainable development, Global Environmental Sustainability provides the theory and methodology of empirical sustainable development which is especially germane to our advanced society today, which is deeply entrenched in a crisis of environmental morality. More particularly, it serves as a salient source of moral reconstitution of society grounded in empirical reality to liberate man’s excessive spirit of individualism and self-aggrandizement to the detriment of the environment. Epistemologically, the book furnishes a remarkable tour de force with a new level of analytical insight to help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in sustainability and environmental science, as well as the many other disciplines involved in sustainable development, to better understand sustainability from a new perspective and provides a methodological direction to pursue solutions going forward. Provides a systematic exposition of sustainable development in all its complexity, with all the chapters complementing each other in an integral way Presents extensive empirical evidence of various environmental problems across the world including China, the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa, and the extent to which the United Nations has succeeded in driving toward global environmental sustainability Provides a cogent examination of the treatment of our global commons by some of the world’s most powerful leaders Includes data from field studies and in-depth interviews with indigenous people in Borneo’s rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak most affected by environmental change

The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance

The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance
Author: Jacob Park,Ken Conca,Matthias Finger
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2008-03-27
ISBN 10: 1134059817
ISBN 13: 9781134059812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance Book Review:

More than twenty years after the Bruntland Commission report, Our Common Future, we have yet to secure the basis for a serious approach to global environmental governance. The failed 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development showed the need for a new approach to globalization and sustainability. Taking a critical perspective, rooted in political economy, regulation theory, and post-sovereign international relations, this book explores questions concerning the governance of environmental sustainability in a globalizing economy. With contributions from leading international scholars, the book offers a comprehensive framework on globalization, governance, and sustainability, and examines institutional mechanisms and arrangements to achieve sustainable environmental governance. It: considers current failures in the framework of global environmental governance addresses the problematic relationship between sustainability and globalization explores controversies of development and environment that have led to new processes of institution building examines the marketization of environmental policy-making; stakeholder politics and environmental policy-making; socio-economic justice; the political origins of sustainable consumption; the role of transnational actors; and processes of multi-level global governance. This book will be of interest to students and researchers of political science, international studies, political economy and environmental studies.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability
Author: Fraser Smith
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-02-05
ISBN 10: 9781420048742
ISBN 13: 1420048740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Sustainability Book Review:

In 1994, representatives from all over the world met in Costa Rica to discuss the impact of ecological economics on developing countries. That groundbreaking conference laid the foundation for this new collection of research on environmental sustainability. While most discussions on sustainable development focus on the industrialized nations, Environmental Sustainability: Practical Global Applications takes a different angle: it presents the views of the developing countries themselves on issues such as wildlife resources in Nambia, timber production in Costa Rica, property rights and land reform in South Africa, and other steps being taken to implement environmentally sustainable economies around the world. This is an ideal text for students of natural and social sciences, development professionals and entrepreneurs seeking opportunities for ecologically sustainable businesses. Academics will find it useful as a source of current research and for making new contacts in the field. For anyone interested in exploring the link between man and his environment-specifically, the relationship between economics and ecology- Environmental Sustainability, is a must.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability
Author: Raghbendra Jha,K.V. Bhanu Murthy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006-09-27
ISBN 10: 1134227329
ISBN 13: 9781134227327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Sustainability Book Review:

With globalization fast becoming an irreversible process, it is necessary to pay increased attention to the implications for environmental sustainability. However, the so-called environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) argument implies that rapid economic growth in many developing countries should be environmentally unsustainable. Environmental Sustainability addresses this dichotomy and articulates a notion of consumption sustainability that is both universal and pertains to the indefinite future. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of addressing a broad spectrum of sources of environmental degradation and relates this measure to an index of economic achievement more complete than per capita income. As well as the EKC, authors Jha and Murthy also critique the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) and empirically substantiate the proposition that a certain type of development in the presently high-income countries is primarily responsible for global environmental degradation. Several policy conclusions for global environmental management are also advanced. Throughout, Jha and Murthy comprehensively evaluate existing approaches to environmental sustainability and critically review empirical studies of environmental degradation, and economic development, making this an invaluable source of information for those concerned with environmental economics and political economy.

Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts

Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts
Author: Kuishuang Feng,Klaus Hubacek,Yang Yu
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 118
Release: 2019-09-02
ISBN 10: 1317577272
ISBN 13: 9781317577270
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book describes how local consumption, particularly in urban areas, is increasingly met by global supply chains. These supply chains often extend over large geographical distances and have greater global environmental impacts, contributing to pollution, climate change, water scarcity, and deforestation. As consumption is increasingly met by globalized supply chains, causing social, economic, and environmental impacts elsewhere, consumption decisions can unknowingly contribute and reinforce global inequality and exploitation. To account for the impacts of consumption and distribution of wealth we need to analyze global supply and value chains. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of key methods of analysis, including Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis and Life Cycle Assessment. Subsequent chapters connect local consumption to the global consequences of different environmental issues, such as water and land use and stress, greenhouse gases emissions, and other forms of air pollution. Each issue is addressed in an individual chapter, including case studies from China, U.S. and UK. The book will be key reading for students taking courses in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, ecological economies, and geography.

Environmental Compliance and Sustainability

Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Author: Daniel T. Rogers
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 518
Release: 2019-11-04
ISBN 10: 0429683375
ISBN 13: 9780429683374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book provides a critical understanding of the challenges that exist in protecting the local and global environment through compliance efforts using existing environmental regulations. The best compliance measures with the most useful regulations from over 50 countries are surveyed and are combined with science-based quantitative analysis of geology, hydrogeology, and the chemistry of contaminants from anthropogenic sources. The results are presented as a model that establishes a means by which protection of the environment can be greatly improved. This is accomplished through a deeper understanding of our natural world and how anthropogenic activities and their management affect our planet. Features The first book that examines the successes of environmental regulation worldwide and highlights the areas that need improvement Presents a tested and verified scientific model for enhanced environmental protection with scalability from local parcels to global levels Describes and integrates the importance of understanding the geologic and hydrogeologic environment of urban and developed areas Explains the importance of understanding the different types of pollution and their behavior in the environment Identifies the need for consistency in banning chemicals that are harmful in not just one country but throughout the world

Environment and Sustainability in a Globalizing World

Environment and Sustainability in a Globalizing World
Author: Andrea J. Nightingale
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-03-27
ISBN 10: 1317501829
ISBN 13: 9781317501824
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environment and Sustainability in a Globalizing World Book Review:

From the Foundations in Global Studies series, this student-friendly text follows a two-pronged approach to help readers understand the globalizing processes relating to environment and sustainability, which are examined in a range of disciplines, including environmental studies, geography, global studies, political science, international affairs, comparative politics, and other disciplines. First, it presents foundational material that gives students the conceptual underpinnings required for rigorous analysis. Following the Introduction and Overview, Part One presents a brief historical overview of the concerns revolving around environmental sustainability in the modern era. The text then covers key concepts and theoretical constructs that define the global context for sustainable environmental practices, such as the key thinkers and theories pertaining to sustainable environmental practice, and the key international agencies and treaties involved in global discussions. The first part then explores the various models and ways to measure sustainability, the range of environmental domains at play in the sustainability dialogue, and the controversies surrounding them. Part Two employs case studies to examine theory and practice at work in particular situations. The case studies have been selected with an eye toward comprehensiveness of coverage across disciplines and across regions.

Social Work and Sustainability in Asia

Social Work and Sustainability in Asia
Author: Alice M. L. Chong,Iris Chi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2019-01-22
ISBN 10: 1315514966
ISBN 13: 9781315514963
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Social Work and Sustainability in Asia Book Review:

The rapid trend of globalization has brought with it a variety of sustainability challenges, including global climate change, biodiversity loss, poverty, and social inequalities, which are problems with unclear boundaries, complicated interrelated components, undefined parameters, contradictory values, and no single solution. Social work has a long-standing tradition of emphasizing the interaction of people and their environment. For this reason, the field of social work is one of the best-placed academic disciplines for studying the impact of environmental change on social systems, and should play an important role in developing strategies for mitigating and adapting to these environmental challenges. However, traditional social work tends to lack sustaining work and neglect globally interconnected social problems. Combining case studies and country reports from around Asia with a theoretical framework for understanding sustainability concerns, this book aims to show how social work can play a valuable role in mitigating and adapting to environmental challenges and social sustainability. For social work to develop a meaningful and viable profession that addresses contemporary sustainability issues, it requires changes and transformation in paradigm, theories, strategies, social policy and social services that will facilitate a sustainable future for all mankind.

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance
Author: Jean-Frédéric Morin,Amandine Orsini
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2014-07-11
ISBN 10: 1136777040
ISBN 13: 9781136777042
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Aligning global governance to the challenges of sustainability is one of the most urgent environmental issues to be addressed. This book is a timely and up-to-date compilation of the main pieces of the global environmental governance puzzle. The book is comprised of 101 entries, each defining a central concept in global environmental governance, presenting its historical evolution, introducing related debates and including key bibliographical references and further reading. The entries combine analytical rigour with empirical description. The book: offers cutting edge analysis of the state of global environmental governance, raises an up-to-date debate on global governance for sustainable development, gives an in-depth exploration of current international architecture of global environmental governance, examines the interaction between environmental politics and other fields of governance such as trade, development and security, elaborates a critical review of the recent literature in global environmental governance. This unique work synthesizes writing from an internationally diverse range of well-known experts in the field of global environmental governance. Innovative thinking and high-profile expertise come together to create a volume that is accessible to students, scholars and practitioners alike.

The European Union and Global Environmental Protection

The European Union and Global Environmental Protection
Author: Mar Campins Eritja
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2020-11-18
ISBN 10: 1000284670
ISBN 13: 9781000284676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book examines how the EU can be a more proactive actor in the promotion of the principles of sustainability and fairness from a legal environmental perspective. The book is one of the results of the research activity of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Environmental Law (2017-2020) funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. The European Union and Global Environmental Protection: Transforming Influence into Action begins with an introduction of the key EU competences, instruments and mechanisms, as well as the current international challenges at the EU level. It then explores case study examples from four regulated fields: climate change, biodiversity, multilateral trade, unregulated fishing, and access to justice; and four unregulated areas: mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals in EU policies, and environmental justice, highlighting the extent to which the EU might align with international environmental regimes or extend its normative power. This volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars, and EU policy makers with an interest in international environmental law and policy.

Environmental Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability

Environmental Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability
Author: Chelsea Schelly,Aparajita Banerjee
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2018-02-23
ISBN 10: 1351584766
ISBN 13: 9781351584760
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability Book Review:

It is increasingly apparent that human activities are not suitable for sustaining a healthy global environment. From energy development to resource extraction to use of land and water, humans are having a devastating effect on the earth’s ability to sustain human societies and quality lives. Many approaches to changing the negative environmental consequences of human activities focus on one of two options, emphasizing either technological fixes or individual behavior change to reduce environmental harms through sustainable consumption habits. This book takes a different approach, focusing on the role of environmental policy in shaping the possibilities for and creating hindrances to pursuing more sustainable use of environmental resources. This unique compilation examines environmental policy through empirical case studies, demonstrating through each particular example how environmental policies are formed, how they operate, what they do in terms of shaping behaviors and future trajectories, and how they intersect with other social dynamics such as politics, power, social norms, and social organization. By providing case studies from both the United States and Mexico, this book provides a cross-national perspective on current environmental policies and their role in creating and limiting sustainable human futures. Organized around four key parts – Water; Land; Health and Wellbeing; and Resilience – and with a central theme of environmental justice and equity, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental policy and sustainability.

Urbanization and Sustainability

Urbanization and Sustainability
Author: Christopher G Boone,Michail Fragkias
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2012-12-24
ISBN 10: 9400756666
ISBN 13: 9789400756663
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Case studies explore the Million Trees initiative in Los Angeles; the relationship of cap-and-trade policy, public health, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice in Southern California; Urbanization, vulnerability and environmental justice in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and São Paulo, and in Antofagasta, Greater Concepción and Valparaiso in Chile; Sociospatial patterns of vulnerability in the American southwest; and Urban flood control and land use planning in Greater Taipei, Taiwan ROC.

Linking Local and Global Sustainability

Linking Local and Global Sustainability
Author: Sukhbir Sandhu,Stephen McKenzie,Howard Harris
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2014-09-10
ISBN 10: 9401790086
ISBN 13: 9789401790086
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Linking Local and Global Sustainability Book Review:

The book takes a holistic approach to sustainability. Acknowledging the Brundtland definition, that sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, the book is specifically concerned with the ethics of contemporary social and environmental sustainability activity and thinking. It is concerned with the role of institutions–both local and global in achieving sustainability initiatives. All twelve chapters extend sustainability–conceptually, empirically and theoretically, and in doing so provide insights into linking local and global sustainability. The book refocuses sustainability as a series of interwoven and dynamic relationships, backed by just ethical decision-making, which begin locally, and reach out to impact the global level.

Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance

Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance
Author: Chukwumerije Okereke
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007-09-03
ISBN 10: 1134126883
ISBN 13: 9781134126880
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Justice and Neoliberal Environmental Governance Book Review:

"With specific focus on three environmental regimes, this book explores the way that various notions of justice feature both implicitly and explicitly in the design of global environmental policies. In so doing, the dominant conceptions of justice that underpin these policies are identified and, in turn, criticised on the basis of their compatibility with the normative essence of global sustainable development. The book demonstrates that, although moral norms have a far greater impact on regime development than is currently acknowledged, the core policies for the most part remain rooted in two neoliberal interpretations of justice, both of which undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development and international justice."--BOOK JACKET.

Global Environmental Forest Policies

Global Environmental Forest Policies
Author: Constance McDermott,Benjamin William Cashore,Peter Kanowski
Publsiher: Earthscan
Total Pages: 393
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 1849774927
ISBN 13: 9781849774925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Environmental Forest Policies Book Review:

This book provides a uniquely detailed and systematic comparison of environmental forest policies and enforcement in twenty countries worldwide, covering developed, transition and developing economies. The goal is to enhance global policy learning and promote well-informed and precisely-tuned policy solutions.

Contesting Global Environmental Knowledge Norms and Governance

Contesting Global Environmental Knowledge  Norms and Governance
Author: M. J. Peterson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2019-01-08
ISBN 10: 1351679996
ISBN 13: 9781351679992
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contesting Global Environmental Knowledge Norms and Governance Book Review:

Through theoretical discussions and case studies, this volume explores how processes of contestation about knowledge, norms, and governance processes shape efforts to promote sustainability through international environmental governance. The epistemic communities literature of the 1990s highlighted the importance of expert consensus on scientific knowledge for problem definition and solution specification in international environmental agreements. This book addresses a gap in this literature – insufficient attention to the multiple forms of contestation that also inform international environmental governance. These forms include within-discipline contestation that helps forge expert consensus, inter-disciplinary contestation regarding the types of expert knowledge needed for effective response to environmental problems, normative and practical arguments about the proper roles of experts and laypersons, and contestation over how to combine globally developed norms and scientific knowledge with locally prevalent norms and traditional knowledge in ways ensuring effective implementation of environmental policies. This collection advances understanding of the conditions under which contestation facilitates or hinders the development of effective global environmental governance. The contributors examine how attempts to incorporate more than one stream of expert knowledge and to include lay knowledge alongside it have played out in efforts to create and maintain multilateral agreements relating to environmental concerns. It will interest scholars and graduate students of political science, global governance, international environmental politics, and global policy making. Policy analysts should also find it useful.

The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change

The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change
Author: Oran R. Young,Les Gasser
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780262740241
ISBN 13: 0262740249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Institutional Dimensions of Environmental Change Book Review:

Researchers studying the role institutions play in causing and confrontingenvironmental change use a variety of concepts and methods that make it difficult to compare theirfindings. Seeking to remedy this problem, Oran Young takes the analytic themes identified in theInstitutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) Science Plan as cutting-edgeresearch concerns and develops them into a common structure for conducting research. He illustrateshis arguments with examples of environmental change ranging in scale from the depletion of localfish stocks to the disruption of Earth's climate system.Young not only explores theoretical concernssuch as the relative merits of collective-action and social-practice models of institutions but alsoaddresses the IDGEC-identified problems of institutional fit, interplay, and scale. He shows howinstitutions interact both with one another and with the biophysical environment and assesses theextent to which we can apply lessons drawn from the study of local institutions to the study ofglobal institutions and vice versa. He examines how research on institutions can help us to solveglobal problems of environmental governance. Substantive topics discussed include the institutionaldimensions of carbon management, the performance of exclusive economic zones, and the politicaleconomy of boreal and tropical forests.

Improving Global Environmental Governance

Improving Global Environmental Governance
Author: Norichika Kanie,Steinar Andresen,Peter M. Haas
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2013-10-30
ISBN 10: 1135069336
ISBN 13: 9781135069339
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Improving Global Environmental Governance Book Review:

The experience of environmental governance is approached in Improving Global Environmental Governance from the unique perspective of actor configuration and embedded networks of actors, which are areas of emerging importance. The chapters look at existing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the broader constellation of partially networked institutions to better understand the involvement of individual actors and how to deepen the networks that include them to generate more effective governance. The book covers a wide range of issued pertaining to environmental governance including trans-boundary air pollution, marine pollution, biodiversity and ozone depletion. It also examines partnerships as a hybrid case of emerging modes of environmental governance. These partnerships are a recent form of actor configuration that warrant attention for dealing with global environmental threats in order to better understand the full potential of actor configurations in the absence of state involvement. In order to test applicability to on-going but stalled processes, the book applies the approach to one of the most difficult issues we face: climate change. By addressing key questions in this important area, the book provides new perspectives in the nexus between agency and architecture in environmental governance in the twenty-first century.

Global Governance

Global Governance
Author: Oran R. Young
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 364
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780262740203
ISBN 13: 0262740206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Governance Book Review:

The contributors to this volume draw upon the experiences of environmental regimes to examine the problems of internationalgovernance in the absence of a world government.

Environmental Evaluation and Global Development Institutions

Environmental Evaluation and Global Development Institutions
Author: Geeta Batra,Juha I. Uitto,Osvaldo N. Feinstein
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2021-10-11
ISBN 10: 1000481999
ISBN 13: 9781000481990
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Environmental Evaluation and Global Development Institutions Book Review:

Evaluation is increasingly important for finding sustainable solutions for the people and the planet, based on a systematic analysis of what works, for whom, and under what circumstances, and to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as they pertain to the environment. This book explores why the Global Environment Facility (GEF) invests in evaluation for accountability and learning to inform its decision-making on programming priorities, and how this leads to wiser funding decisions and better program performance on the ground. The book is based on real-life experiences of how to make evaluation count for international environmental action. Drawing upon comprehensive evaluations of the GEF, it provides unique insights from authors responsible for designing, implementing, and disseminating the findings of the evaluations. No other multilateral development or environment agency places evaluation fully at the center of their decision-making. The book outlines the trends in the global environment and the changing landscape of international environmental finance. It defines the role of the GEF and explains its institutional framework and the unique partnership that involves donor and recipient countries, multilateral development banks, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and national agencies in the developing countries. Further, it provides useful pointers to other organizations wishing to enhance evidence-based decision-making for improving their relevance, performance, and impact. The book will be most suitable for graduate-level, specialized study in a variety of disciplines such as environmental and development economics, political science, international relations, geography, sociology, and social anthropology.