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Title:
International encyclopedia of environmental politics
Author:
Barry, John, 1966-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxvii, 513 pages ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780415202855
Format :
Book

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Summary

Why care about the environment? Is the earth's climate really changing for the worse? What are CFCs exactly? And who or what is the WTO? What are the causes of environmental problems? Who are the main actors, and what are the main ideas and issues in international environmental politics? Which countries have the best/worst environmental record and policies?
The International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics is the essential reference source to enable all those with an interest in the politics of the environment - particularly students and academics working within political science - to answer these questions, and to explore many other related topics in international environmental politics. It will be welcomed as an essential teaching resource and a trusty companion to independent study.
Written by a team of international experts, the Encyclopedia is vital for fact-checking, provides authoritative initial orientation to a particular topic or issue and will serve as a solid starting point for wider explanation. With over 300 fully cross-referenced entries, many of which are followed with suggestions for further reading, the Encyclopedia includes:
* Country and regional entries, with country entries giving a concise overview of the history, main actors, issues and policies related to its environmental politics
* Normative and ethical dimensions of environmental politics, from animal rights, social and global justice to deep ecology
* Environmental movements, organizations, struggles and actors from local to international levels
* Issues in international environmental politics such as global warming, biodiversity, trade and the environment
* Prominent individuals (historical and current) who have inspired or been actively involved in international environmental politics - such as Mahatma Gandhi, Petra Kelly, Vandana Shiva and Aldo Leopold
* Central topics and issues in environmental politics - such as global warming, globalization, wildlife preservation, eco-taxes, energy production and consumption, sustainable development and the World Trade Organisation


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This volume uses an interdisciplinary approach to cover international environmental politics, drawing on political science, geography, sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies. The 500 alphabetically arranged entries, written by international scholars and edited by Barry (politics, Queens Univ. Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Frankland (political science, Ball State Univ.), include biographies, definitions, and coverage of treaties, events, environmental political parties, and countries/geographical areas. The entries vary in length from 150 to 3000 words. Typical short entries include biographies of such figures as German Green Party founder Petra Kelly or definitions of terms like the North/South divide. More in-depth entries give an analysis of particular issues, such as German pollution control and Italian green parties, or comprehensive overviews of organizations and projects such as the UN Environment Programme, World Trade Organization, and Three Gorges Project in China. The longest entries (3000 words) cover environmental politics within large countries such as Brazil, China, and India and ethical topics such as deep ecology and sustainable development. Cross references and a bibliography accompany each entry, and a comprehensive index completes the text. Although this work strives to be international in scope, most of the coverage is on European, North American, and Australasian environmental politics. However, the text is thorough in what it does cover and is accessibly written. Some of the same data can be found in Robert Paehlke's Conservation and Environmentalism, but overall the information is unique to this resource. For comprehensive environmental collections. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

The key issues, organizations, and individuals included in this encyclopedia--global warming, ecoterrorism, the WTO, Three Gorges Dam, sustainable development, NAFTA, Paul Ehrlich--have been written about extensively over the past several years, but in books that focus primarily on the US. This timely overview is international in perspective, emphasizing Europe, North America, and Australasia. It complements other works such as Routledge Encyclopedia of Political Economy, ed. by R.J. Barry Jones (CH, Dec'01), Samuel P. Hays's A History of Environmental Politics since 1945 (CH, Mar'01), and Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, ed. by Craig W. Allin (CH, Sep'00). Although it has only one volume compared to the latter's three, the present work offers far better coverage of international political organizations and philosophy. Its impressive array of topics, some fairly unique, heavily emphasizes Green parties and their members worldwide and includes a lengthy essay by John Berry, "Deep Ecology," about the basic philosophy underlying the Green movement, but the editors are careful to present other political ideologies. The signed articles by some 160 contributors vary from brief definitions and biographies of ecologists, environmental activists, and writers, to longer articles on issues and countries. All have cross-references and bibliographies. It has both a thorough index and a useful thematic entry list under broad categories (e.g., "ethical issues," "American environmental politics," "political and social theory"). Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. N. Kobzina University of California, Berkeley


Table of Contents

Abbey, Edward
Acid rain
Aelvoet, Magda
African Green Parties, Federation of
Agalev
Agenda 21
Agrawal, Anil
Agribusiness
Agriculture
Agroecology
Air pollution
Air transportation and infrastructure
Alarm UK
Alliance of Small Island States
Amazonia
Anarchism/eco-anarchism
Animal rights
Antarctica
Anthropocentrism
Anti-environmentalism
Anti-nuclear movements
Anti-roads movement
Appropriate technology
Aral sea
Arctic
Asbestos
Association of State Green Parties
Aswan Dam
Atomic Energy Commission
Australian environmental groups
Australian environmental law and policy
Australian regulatory agencies
Austrian Greens
Bahro, Rudolf
Baikal, Lake
Baltic Sea
Bangladesh
Bari, Judith Beatrice
Basel Convention
Basic income
BBU
Belgium
Berry, Wendell
Bhopal disaster
Biodiversity
Biopiracy/bioprospecting
Bioregionalism
Biotechnology
Black Forest
Black Triangle
Blueprint for Survival
Bookchin, Murray
Brazil
Brazilian Green Party
Brent Spar controversy
British environmental law and policy
British nuclear power industry
British regulatory agencies
Brower, David
Brownfield sites
Brundtland Commission
Brundtland, Gro Harlem
Bulgarian Green Party
BUND
Burford, Anne Gorsuch
Bnrgerinitiativen
Business and the environment
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Canadian environmental law and policy
Canadian environmental ministries/agencies
Canadian Greens
Capitalism
Capra, Fritjof
Car industry
Carson, Rachel
Central American environmental politics
Chemical industry
Chernobyl
Chile
China
Chipko Andolan Movement
CITES
Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes
Citizens' initiatives/referenda
Citizens Party
Civic science
Civil society
Class
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Climate Action Network
Cloning
Coastal zone management
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel
Commission on Sustainable Development
Common Agricultural Policy
Common law/torts
Common pool property resources
Commoner, Barry
Communism
Community right to know laws
Conservation biology
Conservation movement
Consumerism
Co-operatives
Coral reefs
Cost-benefit analysis
Council for the Protection of Rural England
Council on Environmental Quality
Counter-culture
Critical theory
Culture and the environment
Cuyahoga River
Daly, Herman E
Dams/hydroelectric power
Danube Circle
DDT
Debt-for-nature swaps
Deep ecology
Democracy
Denmark
Department of Environment, Transport and Regions
Department of the Interior
Development
Dioxin
Disenchantment of nature
Distributive justice
Doomsayers
Douglas, William O
Dumont, RenT
Dust Bowl
Dutch National Environmental Policy Plan
Earth Day
Earth First! (UK)
Earth First! (US)
East and Central Europe
East and Central European Greens
East and Central European nuclear industry
East Asia
Eco-centrism
Eco-feminism
Eco-terrorism
Ecolo
Ecological debt
Ecological economics
Ecological footprint
Ecological modernization
Ecology
Eco-philosophy/ecosophy
Eco-socialism
Eco-taxes
Eco-tourism
Education, environmental
Ehrlich, Paul
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Enclosure
Endangered species
Endangered Species Act
Energy conservation
Energy crisis
Enlightenment
Entropy
Environment Agency
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental economics
Environmental ethics
Environmental history
Environmental justice
Environmental law and litigation
Environmental management
Environmental movements
Environmental pragmatism
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental refugees
Environmental research and development
Environmental security
Environmentalism and ecologism
Environmentalism of the poor
Epistemic communities
European Environment Agency
European Environmental Bureau
European Federation of Green Parties
European Union
Everglades, Florida
Exotic species
Externalities
Exxon Valdez spill
Factory farming
Famines
Federaci=n de Partidos Verdes de las AmTricas
Federalism, decentralization
Finland
Finnish Green Party
Fischer, Joschka
Fisheries
Fo