The National Origins of International Environmental Policies and Practices: “My Country is in the World”

The national origins of international environmental policies and practices: “My country is in the world”

The State and the Environment

As we have seen throughout this book, the standard account of global environmental politics begins with the borders between countries: Because many environmental phenomena, such as air pollution, cross national borders with alacrity, they escape the jurisdictional control of individual governments. Because no state is permitted to violate the sovereignty of another—at least in theory and international law—such problems can be addressed only through negotiation and joint action among governments. Through application of scientific knowledge to the give and take of bargaining among countries, agreements can be developed that deal with such ...

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