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Green Planet Blues

Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics



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Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics
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Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives-contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly-and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Fourteen new readings discuss globalization and environmental change; transnational activist networks; the UN Environment Programme; environment-conflict linkages, including the case of Darfur; environmental peacebuilding; the debate on greening foreign aid; and the linkages between climate change and human rights. This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.

Table of Contents

* Introduction: Three Decades of Global Environmental Politics (Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko) PART ONE: THE DEBATE AT STOCKHOLM * 1. The Limits to Growth (Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jrgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III) * 2. Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries (Joo Augusto de Araujo Castro) * 3. The Tragedy of the Commons (Garrett Hardin) * 4. No Tragedy on the Commons (Susan J. Buck) PART TWO: ECOLOGY AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM * 5. Rethinking the Ecology-Sovereignty Debate (Ken Conca) * 6. Environment and Globalization: Five Propositions (Adil Najam, David Runnals, and Mark Halle) * 7 Fight for the Forest (Chico Mendes with Tony Gross) * 8. Kenyas Green Militant: An Interview with Wangari Muta Maathai (Ethirajan Anbarasan) * 9. Globalization, Global Alliances, and the Narmada Movement (Smitu Kothari) PART THREE: INSTITUTIONS OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE * 10. Governance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A Healthy or Ill-Equipped Fragmentation? (Norichika Kanie) * 11. Moving Forward by Looking Back: Learning from UNEPs History (Maria Ivanova) * 12. A Participatory Approach to Strategic Planning (Richard E. Bissell) * 13. The Evolution of the Trade and Environment Debate at the WTO (Hugo Cameron) * 14. Has Foreign Aid Been Greened? (J. Timmons Roberts, Bradley C. Parks, Michael J. Tierney, and Robert L. Hicks) * 15. Report and Findings on the Qinghai Project: Executive Summary (World Bank Inspection Panel) PART FOUR: THE SUSTAINABILITY DEBATE * 16. Towards Sustainable Development (World Commission on Environment and Development) * 17. Whose Common Future? (Larry Lohmann) * 18. Sustainable Development: A Critical Review (Sharachchandra M. Ll) * 19. Expanding the Capital Stock (Ismail Serageldin and Andrew Steer) * 20. Shifting the Pain: World's Resources Feed California's Growing Appetite (Tom Knudson) PART FIVE: FROM ECOLOGICAL CONFLICT TO ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY? * 21. Demography, Environment, and Civil Strife (Colin H. Kahl) * 22. Sudan: Conflict and the Environment (United Nations Environment Programme) * 23.The Case against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security (Daniel Deudney) * 24. Water Is a Catalyst for Peace (Kader Asmal) * 25. The Violence of Development (Balakrishnan Rajagopal) * 26. An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda (Geoffrey D. Dabelko) PART SIX: ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE * 27. Two Agendas on Amazon Development (Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Peoples Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)) * 28. A Voice for the Forest and Its People (Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor) * 29. Poverty and Globalization (Vandana Shiva) * 30. Coercing Conservation (Nancy Lee Peluso) * 31. The Relationship Between Climate Change and Human Rights (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Author Biography

Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Edited by Geoffrey D. Dabelko Edited by Ken Conca
Country of Publication
United States
4th Revised edition
Westview Press Inc
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