The new edition of this award-winning volume reflects the latest events in the in global environmental politics and sustainable development, while providing balanced coverage of the key institutions, environmental issues, treaties, and policies. The book highlights global environmental institutions, major state and non-state actors, and includes a wide range of cases such as climate change, biodiversity, hazardous chemicals, ozone layer depletion, nuclear energy and resource consumption.

Governing the Global Environment

Governing the Global Environment
Regina S. Axelrod Stacy D. VanDeveer

Humans change their environments. We use and waste vast quantities of resources, creating massive pollution in the process. Environmental change is driven by the things we eat, build, make, buy, and throw away—and by the decisions we make as citizens and voters. Over the past few decades we have acquired the power to change the planet’s climate. The early twenty-first century finds the Earth’s physical and biological systems under unprecedented strain. The growing human population is approaching eight billion, and the global economy has grown to about $80 trillion annually. The United Nations estimates that one-third of the world’s people live in countries with moderate ...

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