James Gustave Speth is dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and professor in the practice of environmental policy and sustainable development. He was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U. He has been deeply involved in a number of projects for the United Nations, most recently serving as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the United Nations Development Group. Peter M.

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James Gustave Speth and Peter Haas. Today's most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope, confounding the political will of any one nation.

How can we solve them? Global Environmental Governance offers the essential information, theory, and practical insight needed to tackle this critical challenge.

It examines ten major environmental threats-climate disruption, biodiversity loss, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, freshwater degradation and shortages, marine fisheries decline, toxic pollutants, and excess nitrogen-and explores how they can be addressed through treaties, governance regimes, and new forms of international cooperation.

Written by Gus Speth, one of the architects of the international environmental movement, and accomplished political scientist Peter M. Haas, Global Environmental Governance tells the story of how the community of nations, nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and multinational corporations have in recent decades created an unprecedented set of laws and institutions intended to help solve large-scale environmental problems.

The book critically examines the serious shortcomings of current efforts and the underlying reasons why disturbing trends persist. It presents key concepts in international law and regime formation in simple, accessible language, and describes the current institutional landscape as well as lessons learned and new directions needed in international governance. Global Environmental Governance is a concise guide, with lists of key terms, study questions, and other features designed to help readers think about and understand the concepts discussed.

A wonderfully informative account by two of the most respected experts in the field, Global Environmental Governance is not to be missed for anyone looking toward the future of environmental law. The authors combine insider experience with scholarly perspective, a sense of urgency with a sense of humor…The best book of its kind yet written.

Their book is an excellent introduction to a subject of the greatest importance. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway. It would be an excellent starting point for any college environmental policy course. Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies. Pub Date:. August Add to Cart. E-book Format. March Exam Copy. Book Description Review Quotes Contents.

Book Description. Review Quotes. Choice " Global Environmental Governance serves as an essential primer on the formation of international environmental law and policy InBrief "Speth and Haas have penned a compact, elegant account of global environmental politics, diplomacy, and institutions and their intellectual foundations. McNeill, author of "Something New Under the Sun" "Speth and Haas take us on an inspiring journey into the world of sustainable development and the global response.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway "A superb primer on global environmental trends and their underlying causes, efforts over the past thirty years to deal with them, and possible solutions for the future, including radically new approaches. Chapter 5. Email Format html text.


Global Environmental Governance

Global Environmental Governance provides a very eloquent and concise statement of the key international events and milestones, as well as the most relevant concepts and philosophies that have influenced the global environmental agenda over the past decades. James Gustave Speth and Peter M. Haas are two well-respected figures, widely recognized for their contributions to the debate of environmental issues. In this book, they suggest a series of innovative proposals on how to improve the world environmental governance to confront one of the most complex problems that humanity is facing. In the initial chapters, the authors discuss some of the main environmental challenges and their implications for human well-being as well as the associated driving forces involved in each of them.



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