All serious environmental threats are now international in scope and more than one thousand international environmental agreements already exist. Yet the prospects for international cooperation leading to the management of impacts on the planet remain grim. The Global Environment meets the need for an authoritative assessment of the state of international environmental institutions, laws and policies at the end of the 20th century. The book examines disagreements over the meaning of sustainable development, problems inherent in implementing environmental policies and the conflict over the exclusion of developing countries from the Kyoto Protocol. It discusses the profound trade-offs that may be required, the role of international financial interests in promoting incompatible forms of development and analyses international environmental institutions, law and policy and sustainable development.
Governing the global environment, Norman J. Vig; global institutions and the environment, Marvin S. Soros; the role of environmental NGOs in international regimes, John McCormick; the EU as an environmental governance system, Regina S. Axelrod; the emerging structure of international environmental law, Edith Brown Weiss; environmental protection in the 21st century, Philippe Sands; compliance with international environmental agreements, Michael Faure; Agenda 21 - myth or reality, Gary C. Bryner; economic integration and the environment, Daniel C.Esty; the UN climate change agreements, Michael Molitor; US international environmental policy since Rio, Robert Paarlberg; the Dutch national plan for sustainable society, Duncan Liefferink; democracy and nuclear power in the Czech Republic, Regina S. Axelrod; the Three Gorges Dam and sustainable development in China, Lawrence Sullivan; mining, environmental protection and sustainable development, Richard O.Miller.