The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

The Greening of Business: Opportunity or Contradiction?

The greening of business: Opportunity or contradiction?

The Opportunity: Beyond “Command and Control” Environmentalism

Can businesses be green and make a profit? Can corporations grow and prosper by the traditional standards of the marketplace and behave as active and effective stewards of the planet?

The historical record of environmental policy and corporate behavior might suggest that these two goals are mutually exclusive. In the period between 1970 and 1990, protection of the environment in the developed world fell largely to government. In the USA, an “alphabet soup” of regulations — RCRA, CAA, CWA, ESA, and TOSCA1, to name a few — served to protect the public and the natural world from environmental threats. By and large, government created rules of behavior ...

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