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Protecting the Global Environment (International Studies Intensives)by Gary C. Bryner
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Written to be accessible to citizens and policymakers as well as students and scholars, this work introduces the fundamental theories of political science and international relations to illuminate the dilemmas of global environmental politics. For those in environmental studies, the book explains how the analytical frameworks of international relations can shed light on the political arrangements necessary for environmental policymaking. For those in international relations, the book provides empirical and conceptual examples related to environmental issues to help readers refine their theories and models. The book begins with a summary of current research on global environmental threats and a discussion of the political change required to implement policies to deal with those threats. Later chapters focus on three critical issues for developing more effective environmental cooperation: making markets work, fostering ecologically sustainable forms of development, and ensuring fairness and justice in the distribution of environmental harms and risks. Bryner was professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He also served as director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Borne of an amalgam of social science, fieldwork, and a passionate commitment to justice, this book brings debates about climate change to a new level, compelling readers and researchers to rethink the reasons for reversing global environmental trends. The book lays out three inspirations for improving environmental prospects: effective markets, sustainable development, and environmental justice for the most vulnerable. It also projects three possible scenarios flowing from the success or failure of these inspirations-one bleak, one breakthrough, and one of status quo. Gary Bryner is not sanguine about humanity's ability to make the right choices, but this does not deter him from asking us to think beyond our own generation and our own species in urging environmental action now.
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