Previously published as a special issue of Globalizations, this collection of essays addresses what is arguably the most pressing and urgent issue of our day - the continuing development of global environmental crises and the need for new and urgent responses to them by the world community.
The contributors include social scientists, environmental historians, anthropologists, and science policy researchers, and together they give an overview of the history of the globalization of environmental crisis over the past several decades, both in terms of the science of measurement and the types of policy and public responses that have emerged to date. The specific issue areas addressed in the book cover a wide range of topics, including international environmental governance, North-South inequalities, climate change, global warming, tropical forests, air pollution, economic and paradigm shifts, sustainability, indigenous peoples and eco-conservation, EU environmental policy, the United States and politicized climate science, and more.
The Globalization of Environmental Crisis will be of particular interest to all those concerned with the on-going debate over the state of the global environment and what to do about it.
Table of Contents
1. Humanity at the crossroads: The globalization of environmental crisis 2. Global environmental history: The long view 3. Seeking justice: International environmental governance and climate change 4. The globalizations of the environment 5. Environmental globalization and tropical forests 6. The sustainability debate: Idealism versus conformism - the controversy over economic growth 7. The European Union as an environmental leader in a global environment 8. Global indigenism and spaceship earth: Convergence, space, and re-entry friction 9. The lingering environmental impact of repressive governance: The environmental legacy of the apartheid era for the new South Africa 10. From Stockholm to Kyoto and beyond: A review of the globalization of global warming policy and North-South relations 11. State of Denial: The United States and the politics of global warming 12. The globalization of local air pollution 13. The Gleneagles G8 summit and climate change: A lack of leadership 14. Views of Kyoto and beyond: Interviews with Herman Daly and Jonathan Lash 15. Fueling injustice: Globalization, ecologically-unequal exchange and climate change
Jan Oosthoek is Lecturer in Environmental History in the School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University. He is at present Vice-president of the European Society for Environmental History.
Barry K. Gills is Reader in International Politics at the University of Newcastle, UK and Director of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii, USA. William R. Thompson is Rogers Professor of Political Science at the University of Indiana, USA.