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Global Environmental Challenges - Transitions to a Sustainable World
Global Environmental Challenges - Transitions to a Sustainable World

Global Environmental Challenges - Transitions to a Sustainable World

by James Gustave Speth

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Language

English

Publisher

Orient Longman

ISBN

8125027408 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 314

Binding

Paperback

James Gustave Speth

Author: James Gustave Speth
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 314
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125027408

Description

This book will change the way we understand the future of our planet. It is both alarming and hopeful. James Gustave Speth, renowned as a visionary environmentalist leader, warns that in spite of all the international negotiations and agreements of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth’s environment are not succeeding. Still, he says, the challenges are not insurmountable. He offers comprehensive, viable new strategies for dealing with environmental threats around the world.

The author explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problems-climate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and others-don’t work now and won’t work in the future. He provides a stinging critique of the failure of U S leadership and offers intriguing insights into why the U S has been able to address domestic environmental threats with some success while largely failing at the international level. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different and far-reaching actions by citizens and governments are now urgent. If ever a book could be described as essential, this is it.

Contents

PREFACE

PROLOGUE: 1980

PART ONE: ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES GO GLOBAL

A World of Wounds
Lost in Eden
Pollution and Climate Change in a Full World

PART TWO: AND THE WORLD RESPONDS

First Attempt at Global Environmental Governance
Anatomy of Failure

PART THREE: FACING UP TO UNDERLYING CAUSES

Ten Drivers of Environmental Deterioration
Globalization and the Environment

PART FOUR: THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITY

Attacking the Root Causes
Taking Good Governance Seriously
The Most Fundamental Transition of All

Resources for Citizens

List of Abbreviations

Notes

For Further Reading: A Bookshelf

Index

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