Global Ecopolitics: Crisis, Governance, and Justice

Global Ecopolitics: Crisis, Governance, and Justice

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By Peter J. Stoett
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2012
World Rights
256 Pages
ISBN 9781442601932
Published May 2012
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ISBN 9781442603639
Published May 2012
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Despite sporadic news coverage of extreme weather, international conventions on climate change, or special UN days, rarely do we participate in a sustained analysis of environmental policy making. To remedy this shortcoming and to propel the discussion forward, Peter J. Stoett provides a concise introduction to environmental governance.

Through seven case studies, Stoett analyzes the ability of international policy to provide environmental protection and discusses the ever-present factors of equality, sovereignty, and human rights integral to these issues. While providing a panoramic view of the actors and structures producing these policies, Stoett reminds readers that the topic is personal, that responsible governance is not solely the charge of governments but of individuals and communities as well.

Peter J. Stoett is Professor of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal and Senior Research Fellow with the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. In 2012 he was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canada-US Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His other works include The International Politics of Whaling (1997), Human and Global Security: An Exploration of Terms (2000), Sustainable Development and Canada: National and International Perspectives (2001, co-author), Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues (2008, co-editor), and Global Politics: Origins, Currents, Directions (fourth edition 2010, co-author).

List of Acronyms

1. Planetary Anxiety and Collective Dilemmas

Sovereignty, Global Governance, and Public Goods
Shades of Green
The Crosscutting Dilemma: Our Growing Numbers
Delving Deeper into Global Ecopolitics

2. International Arrangements: Actors and Effectiveness

Multi-scaled Adaptive Governance
Individuals and Communities
Governments and Governance
International Law and Institutions
Wicked Problems: Measuring Effectiveness in International Arrangements

3. Conserving Biodiversity and Wildlife

Rising Concerns: The Historical Context
The Convention on Biological Diversity
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
Redefining the Wealth

4. Deforestation and Land Degradation

The International Tropical Timber Agreement
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Taking Root

5. Air Pollution and Climate Change

Atmospheric Pollution
The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)
The Ozone Layer Arrangement
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Deep Breaths

6. Blue Peril: Oceans and Rivers

The Poles
The Oceans Crises
Freshwater Scarcity
The Veins of Life: Shared River Arrangements
Surviving the Tides

7. Trade and the Global Environment

Toxic Trade
The Basel Convention on Trade in Hazardous Substances
The WTO and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
Toward Ethical Investments

8. War and Peace and Justice

Ecocide: The Circle of Death
The Atmospheric Test Ban Treaty
The Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques (ENMOD)
Toward Environmental Justice and Human Security

9. Another Convention Needed? Invasive Alien Species

Invasive Alien Species: The Problem(s)
Regional Efforts
Toward an International Convention on IAS?

10. Governance Gaps and Green Goals

Global Tourism
Food Security
A Global Energy Strategy?
From Angst to Resolve

Afterword: What Can You Do?
This is perhaps the most inspiring book on environmental politics of the last decade. Comprehensive in thematic scope, sophisticated in analysis, and interlaced with distinctly poetic personal reflections, it will captivate students' hearts and intellects.

Radoslav S. Dimitrov, University of Western Ontario

Global Ecopolitics offers a compelling expose of the environmental challenges of our time, including known and persistent problems such as air and ocean pollution, climate change, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity, as well as a set of new complex concerns such as invasive alien species, food security, nanotechnology, and energy production. It argues convincingly that effective, permanent, and consensual solutions must be rooted in adaptive governance and effective institutions at all levels and is a must-read for students and policy-makers alike.

Maria Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Co-Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston

Excellent for advanced undergraduates being exposed to environmental politics from the perspective of environmental justice, with honest and insightful reference to multiple analytic frameworks and excellent examples. A very nice piece of work.

Eric Abitbol, American University, School of International Service (SIS)