Global Environmental Risk

By Jeanne X. Kasperson, Roger E. Kasperson

© 2001 – Routledge

592 pages

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pub: 2001-07-01
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About the Book

Despite international initiatives such as the Earth Summit in 1992 and ongoing efforts to implement the Kyoto Protocol, human activities continue to register a destructive toll on the planetary environment. At root, research on global environmental risk seeks new pathways for reversing unsustainable trends, curtailing ongoing destructive activities, and creating a life-sustaining planet. This book takes stock of the distinctive challenges posed by global environmental risks, the capacity of knowledge systems to identify and characterize such risks, and the competence of human society to manage the unprecedented complexity. Particular attention trains on engaging, in ways conducive to enhancing social learning and adaptation, the large uncertainties inherent in these risks. Various chapters enlist different scales of analysis to explore the manifestation and causes of global environmental risks in all the diversity of their regional expression. Throughout, the editors and contributors accord prominence to the vulnerability of people and places to environmental degradation. Understanding vulnerability is a neglected key to assessing the nature of the risks and determining strategies for altering trajectories of threat. Global risk futures, the editors argue, are not intractable, and are still amenable to a risk-analysis enterprise that is democratic in principle, humanistic in concept, and geared to the realities that pertain to the particular societies, locales, and regions that will ultimately bear the risk.


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Table of Contents

Introduction * Part One: Characterizing Global Environmental Risks * Part Two: Vulnerability * Part Three: High-Risk Regions * Part Four: Global Environmental Futures * References * Contributors * Index

About the Authors

Jeanne X. Kasperson, research Associate Professor and Research Librarian at the George Perkin's Marsh Institute, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, is a visiting scholar at the Stockholm Environment Institute. Roger E. Kasperson, after more than 30 years at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, where he was University Professor (Government and Geography) and Director of the George Perkins Institute, has joined the Stockholm Environment Institute as its Executive Director.

About the Series

Earthscan Risk in Society

The Earthscan Risk in Society series publishes high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address risk analysis, risk assessment, risk perception, risk management, uncertainty and decision-making in society. Professor Ragnar Lofstedt is the series editor and the series has published highly influential authors in the field of risk, including Ortwin Renn, Baruch Fischhoff and Paul Slovic.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Insurance / Risk Assessment & Management