International Politics and the Environment provides a sophisticated overview of the theories, concepts and methods central to the complex and contentious field of International Environmental Politics (IEP). Ronald Mitchell carefully introduces students to the political processes involved in both causing and resolving international environmental problems. Each fully integrated chapter:
- Links environmental policy to politics, bringing in a wide range of practical real-life examples
- Deepens students' theoretical understanding, helping them to identify and explain international environmental problems and their solutions
- Goes beyond description and develops students' ability to evaluate claims about outcomes in international environmental politics through empirical testing.
A rounded, in-depth examination of IEP, this book has been specifically written for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in global environmental politics and modules of broader international relations programs.
Chapter 7: The Future of International Environmental Politics
The Future of International Environmental Politics
Environmental problems will not leave the international scene anytime soon nor will international environmental politics. In the decades – and centuries – ahead, environmental problems will be an increasing part of the international agenda. In part, this will reflect a real increase in environmental degradation due to increases in population, affluence, and the impacts of the technologies humans use. But it will also reflect an increased awareness and attention to such problems. More problems will emerge as scientists or others discover that behaviors previously considered benign damage the environment. They will also emerge as concern grows over known environmental impacts, such as the excessive fixing of nitrogen and other fertilizers in the soil. And ...