Globalization and the Environment by Peter Christoff

By Peter Christoff

This publication by way of best students deals the 1st systematic research of the connection among globalization and the surroundings from the early glossy interval to the current. Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley increase a vast conceptual framework for realizing the globalization of environmental difficulties and the hugely asymmetric, frequently faltering, overseas political reaction. The authors increase linkages among monetary globalization and environmental degradation and discover various key international environmental problems—focusing at the such a lot demanding of all: weather swap and biodiversity loss. eventually, they significantly discover the demanding situations of environmental governance in a global outlined via international capitalism and sovereign states. supplying a normative framework for comparing international environmental governance, they recommend replacement institutional and coverage responses. via a wealthy set of case reviews, this robust publication may also help readers grab the systemic explanations of worldwide environmental degradation in addition to the myriad possibilities for reform of world environmental governance.

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The profit motive driving capitalist enterprises required the production of surpluses to ensure survival and create capacity for future investment, thereby producing an in-built dynamic for growth. , pesticides and fertilizers created the need for more pesticides and fertilizers). Governments were dependent on economic growth to secure taxation revenue and to avoid economic crises, maintain business and consumer confidence, overcome unemployment, and manage inequality through welfare expenditures.

Indb 24 6/27/13 11:31 AM a world fit for us all 25 THE GLOBAL DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE So far, we have been using the terms environment and global environmental change rather loosely. In many ways, the word environment is a rather limited word to refer to the “more than human world,” which is made up of rich variety of nonhuman species, ecological communities, and complex biophysical processes. The verb environ means to encircle or surround, and the noun environment literally means that which surrounds the organism, which suggests that the environment is merely a static and passive backdrop, with no agency.

3. Global environmental change encompasses both systemic global changes to the Earth’s biosphere as well as the global reproduction of changes at more local scales that then produce globally cumulative environmental effects. 4. The first popular recognition of the global dimension of environmental change emerged well before the most recent phase of neoliberal economic globalization, which began in the late 1970s/1980s and has wrongly been singled out as the primary culprit of the modern environmental crisis by many environmental critics of globalization.

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