Publisher description for Global environmental governance / James Gustave Speth, Peter M. Haas.

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Today’s most pressing environmental problems are planetary in scope,

confounding the political will of any one nation. How can we solve


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


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Environmental economics -- International cooperation.
Environmental management -- International cooperation.
Environmental policy -- International cooperation.
Environmental degradation.