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By Peter Christoff

This e-book through best students bargains 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 strengthen a vast conceptual framework for knowing the globalization of environmental difficulties and the hugely asymmetric, frequently faltering, foreign political reaction. The authors advance linkages among fiscal globalization and environmental degradation and discover a number key international environmental problems—focusing at the so much difficult of all: weather switch and biodiversity loss. ultimately, they severely discover the demanding situations of environmental governance in a global outlined by way of worldwide capitalism and sovereign states. offering a normative framework for comparing worldwide environmental governance, they recommend substitute institutional and coverage responses. via a wealthy set of case reports, this strong ebook may help readers take hold of the systemic factors of worldwide environmental degradation in addition to the myriad possibilities for reform of worldwide environmental governance.

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Industrial growth, particularly in its early phases, also propelled population growth. Blueprint for Survival contrasted these features with those of a system based on a steady-state (no-growth) economy that involved minimum disruption of ecosystems, zero population growth (that therefore constrained demand), and a social system based on security and equity (thus eliminating the need for economic growth to mask the inability of the welfare state to redistribute wealth and generate social equality).

We focus first on the material practices of production, beginning with the Age of Empires that saw the global extension of increasingly destructive forms of resource exploitation and the development of globally extensive and intensive modes of trade in resources, commodities, and wastes. We then turn to ideas and discourses, focusing on the legacy of the Enlightenment, including ideas of progress and development, the global extension of Western scientific discovery and technological transformation, and the new environmental thinking that emerged in reaction to the transformation of the biophysical environment.

There can be no assumption that the historical or spatial pattern of globalization within each of these domains is identical or even comparable. This means that the processes of globalization—and the patterns of development that are shaped by these processes—are invariably uneven, as are the distributive impacts of both benefits and burdens. indb 20 6/27/13 11:31 AM a world fit for us all 21 are thus marked by inequalities and unevenness in each of the domains noted above. All this makes it impossible to reduce the combined processes of globalization to a single cause, and equally impossible to separate cause and effect.

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