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Global Environmental Problems and International Environmental Agreements

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Timothy M. SwansonProfessor of Economics, School of Public Policy and CSERGE, University College London, Sam Johnston

ISBN13: 9781858987514
ISBN: 1858987512
Published: July 1999
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



The ozone layer is threatened by chemical emissions, the climate is endangered from fossil fuels and deforestation, and global biodiversity is being lost by reason of thousands of years of habitat conversions. Global environmental problems arise out of the accumulated impacts from many years' and many countries' economic development. In order to address these problems the states of the world must cooperate to manage their development processes together - this is what an international agreement must do. But can the world's countries cooperate successfully to manage global development? How should they manage it? Who should pay for the process, as well as for the underlying problems?;This work presents an examination of both the problem and the process underlying international environmental law-making: the recognition of international interdependence, the negotiation of international agreements and the evolution of international resource management. It examines the general problem of global resource management by means of general principles and case studies and by looking at how and why specific negotiations and agreements have failed to achieve their targets.;This book is designed as an introductory text for those studying global environmental policy making and institution building. It is also of interest to practitioners, policy makers and scholars in the areas of environmental economics and law.

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Contents:
Part 1 The economics of global environmental problems - global development, global limits and global sustainability: the limits to growth - global development, efficiency and sustainability; planning for future generations - global environmental problems and long-term impacts; global development and global externalities - a case study of the need to regulate biodiversity's decline; relations between nations - the reasons that different states view the same problem so differently.
Part 2 Making international environmental agreements - recognition, negotiation, and evolution: the foundations of international environmental law - recognition, negotiation and evolution; economics of international environmental agreements - an introduction; negotiating international environmental agreements - bargaining problems over common resources; the evolution of international environmental agreements - negotiations after negotiations; developing international environmental law - a case study of CITES.
Part 3 Principles of international environment law and law-making, Sam Johnston, Secretariat of the CBD: an introduction to the principles of international environmental law.