Comparative Perspectives on Environmental Policies and Issues presents tools and concepts about environmental policies in several developed and developing countries. It explores a broad survey of ecological modernization theory, ecological feminism theory, environmental justice theory, the concept of sustainability, and research on environmental policies. Data were collected through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, and are used to analyze social, economic, and environmental impact on people.
The book specifically discusses how the earth’s basic life-supporting capital (soils, forests, species, fresh water and oceans) is degraded or depleted to provide for human needs, and how air pollution and acid precipitation, are causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops. Realistically, over-taxing of natural resources and ecological systems throughout the world has promoted economic growth and created increasing opportunities for people while also advancing social injustice. The use of the environment to accomplish social and economic transformation raises fundamental issues for the study of environmental policy and the natural ecological system. As human beings exploit the natural environment to meet present needs, they often will destroy resources needed for the future generations. Thus, environmental policies are enacted to ensure that social and economic impacts of the environment are compatible with the limits of natural systems.
Offering an intuitive and crystal-clear explanation of the key concepts and principles of environmental policies and sustainable development, this volume is suitable not only for environmental science students, but also for instructors, practitioners, researchers, and academics.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Preview of Environmental Policies and Issues; Robert Dibie. 2. Environmental Concepts and Applications; Robert Dibie. Part I: Developed Countries. 3. Environmental Policies and Issues in the United States; Robert Dibie and Mary Bourke. 4. Analysis Environmental Health Issues and Policies in Western Europe; Emeka Nwagwu. 5. Environmental Health Policies and Issues in Canada; Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe and Robert Dibie. Part II: Developing Countries - Africa. 6. Environmental Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa; Robert Dibie. 7. Environmental Policies and Issues in Ghana; Albert O. Assibey-Mensah and Robert Dibie. 8. Environmental Policy and Impacts in South Africa; Robert Dibie and Kealeboga Maphunye. 9. Environmental Policies and Issues in Ethiopia; Robert Dibie. 10. Environmental Policy and Issues in Nigeria; Offiong Offiong and Robert Dibie. Part III: Developing Countries – Other Continents. 11. Environmental Health Policy in Brazil; Robert Dibie, William Mello, and Galia Benitez. 12. Environmental Policies and Issues in Jamaica; Robert Dibie. 13. Environmental Policies and Issues in Trinidad and Tobago; Robert Dibie. 14. Environmental Policies and Issues in Belize; Emmanuel Iyiegbuniwe. 15. Environmental Policies and Issues in Some Arab Countries; Robert Dibie and Muawya Hussein. Conclusion. 16. Environmental Sustainability and Solutions; Robert Dibie.
Robert Dibie, Ph.D. is Dean and Professor of Public Policy and Public Management at Indiana University Kokomo’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Previously, he served as the director of graduate programs in public administration at Western Kentucky University. Professor Dibie is the author of several books, book chapters, and more than 70 research articles in peer-refereed journals. He has presented more than 100 academic papers in national and international conferences, focusing on issues of sustainable development, public management, public policy, women empowerment, environmental policies, development administration, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As a nationally recognized leader in higher education, Professor Dibie has presented seminars, workshops and lectures in the areas of Higher Education Leadership, Public Policy, Environmental Policy, and Sustainable Development in a number of universities around the world. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of International Politics and Development. Professor Dibie has also consulted for several NGOs and universities in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands. Professor Dibie earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration. In addition he earned a master degree in Social Sciences (public administration and international relations) from the University of Detroit Mercy. His Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Management is from Western Michigan University. He also completed several professional certification diplomas from both the Charted Institute of Marketing and the Association of Business Executives in England.
"This book offers clear and concise articulations of the critical environmental policy issues in various developing and developed countries. Paying particular attention to the interface between human behavior and environmental degradation, the book also exposes its readers to the full scope of issues predicated on a risk-based framework for environmental policy analysis that encourages them to judge for themselves the significance of the future trends in ecological discourse."
—Felix M. Edoho, Lincoln University
"The chapters in this book have been carefully written to address policy concerns from a social science perspective in order to provide a thorough understanding of sustainable development. Governmental and non-governmental organizations will find this book informative and instructive as they wrestle with country-based programs that impinge upon environmental variables and have ramifications that could be irreversible with regard to the negative consequences. This book is highly recommended to university libraries, conservation and preservation scholars, and mid-management policy makers researching or working in the emerging nations of the world."
—Valentine James, Clarion University