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.

Global Politics and Policy on Hazardous Substances

Global Politics and Policy on Hazardous Substances
Henrik Selin

The global regime designed to mitigate environmental and human health problems caused by hazardous substances is one of the oldest environmental regimes.1 The first multilateral instrument addressing hazardous substances may have been the St. Petersburg Declaration from 1868. This agreement, which is part of humanitarian law, banned the use of “fulminating or inflammable substances” in military projectiles weighing less than 400 grams.2 Actions to limit workers’ exposure to toxic compounds, including lead and white phosphorus, were taken by the International Labour Organization (ILO) starting in 1919. After the end of World War II, states, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) began to expand the regime ...

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