Making Environmental Law The Politics of Protecting the Earth

Author: Nancy E. Marion
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 031339363X
Format: PDF, ePub
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From Eisenhower to Obama, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the policies Congress and the president have proposed and passed to protect the environment over time. • Tables summarize key legislative acts • Index of all bills listed in the text • An appendix with a timeline of important dates in the history of environmental law

Allocating the Earth

Author: Breena Holland
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199692076
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book offers a framework for improving both the substantive outcomes of environmental policies, and the decision-making processes that produce those outcomes. Both aspects of environmental policy create important inequities that the dominant economic approach to evaluating and designing environmental policies cannot adequately address. Holland draws on the 'capabilities theory' of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum to develop an approach to evaluating anddesigning environmental policies that is grounded in ideals of social justice rather than economic efficiency. She applies this framework to demonstrate its potential to improve current valuation ofenvironmental goods, justification of environmental protection, and inclusion of citizens in the decisions about environmental protection. While richly informed by both philosophy and economic reasoning, the book is highly accessible and suitable for non-specialists interested in understanding the theory and practice of environmental protection in the United States.

Allocating the Earth

Author: Breena Holland
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199692076
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book offers a framework for improving both the substantive outcomes of environmental policies, and the decision-making processes that produce those outcomes. Both aspects of environmental policy create important inequities that the dominant economic approach to evaluating and designing environmental policies cannot adequately address. Holland draws on the 'capabilities theory' of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum to develop an approach to evaluating anddesigning environmental policies that is grounded in ideals of social justice rather than economic efficiency. She applies this framework to demonstrate its potential to improve current valuation ofenvironmental goods, justification of environmental protection, and inclusion of citizens in the decisions about environmental protection. While richly informed by both philosophy and economic reasoning, the book is highly accessible and suitable for non-specialists interested in understanding the theory and practice of environmental protection in the United States.

Before Earth Day

Author: Karl Boyd Brooks
Publisher:
ISBN:
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Dispels the conventional belief that American environmental law was a product of the 1970s, finding instead that its origins go back to New Deal and Cold War policies, and traces the dramatic post-war shift in the way Americans viewed the natural environment.

Environmental Principles and Policies

Author: Sharon Beder
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134037260
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Environmental Principles and Policies uses environmental and social principles to analyse the latest wave of economic-based and market-orientated environmental policies currently being adopted around the world. This book provides an in-depth examination of six key principles that have been incorporated into international treaties and the national laws of many countries: * ecological sustainability * the polluter pays principle * the precautionary principle * equity * human rights * public participation These principles are then used to evaluate a range of policies including pollution charges, emissions, trading, water markets, biodiversity banks and tradable fishing rights. Environmental Principles and Policies is easily accessible, using non-technical language throughout, and - in what sets it apart from other books on environmental policy-making - it takes a critical and interdisciplinary approach. It does not set out policies in a descriptive or prescriptive way, but analyses and evaluates policy options from a variety of perspectives. This enables readers to gain a thorough grasp of important principles and current policies, as well as demonstrating how principles can be used to critically assess environmental policies.

Environmental Protection Law and Policy

Author: Jane Holder
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139463386
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This 2007 book examines environmental law from a range of perspectives, emphasising the policy world from which environmental law is drawn and nourished. Those working within the discipline of environmental law need to engage with concepts and methods employed by disciplines other than law. The authors analyse the ways in which legal activities are supported and legitimated by work in traditional scientific or technical domains, as well as by certain more obscure but also influential cultural or philosophical assumptions. A range of regulatory techniques is explored in this book, through a close examination of both pollution control and land use. The highly complex nature of current environmental problems, demanding sophisticated and responsive legal controls, is illustrated by several in-depth case studies, including legal and policy analysis of the highly contested issues of genetically modified organisms and renewable energy projects.

After Nature

Author: Jedediah Purdy
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674368223
Format: PDF, ePub
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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. The world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists call this epoch the Anthropocene, Age of Humans. The facts of the Anthropocene are scientific—emissions, pollens, extinctions—but its shape and meaning are questions for politics. Jedediah Purdy develops a politics for this post-natural world.

Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia

Author: Paul G. Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317685709
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Nowhere is the connection between society and the environment more evident and potentially more harmful for the future of the world than in Asia. In recent decades, rapid development of Asian countries with very large populations has led to an unprecedented increase in environmental problems such as air and water pollution, solid and hazardous wastes, deforestation, depletion of natural resources and extinction of native species. This handbook provides a comprehensive survey of the cultural, social and policy contexts of environmental change across East Asia. The team of international experts critically examine a wide range of environmental problems related to energy, climate change, air, land, water, fisheries, forests and wildlife. The editors conclude that, with nearly half of the human population of the planet, and several rapidly growing economies, most notably China, Asian societies will determine much of the future of human impacts on the regional and global environments. As climate change-related threats to society increase, the book strongly argues for increased environmental consciousness and action in Asian societies. This handbook is a very valuable companion for students, scholars, policy makers and researchers working on environmental issues in Asia.

The Rebirth of Environmentalism

Author: Douglas Bevington
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610911443
Format: PDF
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Over the past two decades, a select group of small but highly effective grassroots organizations have achieved remarkable success in protecting endangered species and forests in the United States. The Rebirth of Environmentalism tells for the first time the story of these grassroots biodiversity groups. Author Douglas Bevington offers engaging case studies of three of the most influential biodiversity protection campaigns—the Headwaters Forest campaign, the “zero cut” campaign on national forests, and the endangered species litigation campaign exemplified by the Center for Biological Diversity—providing the reader with an in-depth understanding of the experience of being involved in grassroots activism. Based on first-person interviews with key activists in these campaigns, the author explores the role of tactics, strategy, funding, organization, movement culture, and political conditions in shaping the influence of the groups. He also examines the challenging relationship between radicals and moderate groups within the environmental movement, and addresses how grassroots organizations were able to overcome constraints that had limited the advocacy of other environmental organizations. Filled with inspiring stories of activists, groups, and campaigns that most readers will not have encountered before, The Rebirth of Environmentalism explores how grassroots biodiversity groups have had such a big impact despite their scant resources, and presents valuable lessons that can help the environmental movement as a whole—as well as other social movements—become more effective.

Decade of Nightmares

Author: Philip Jenkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199884447
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Why did the youthful optimism and openness of the sixties give way to Ronald Reagan and the spirit of conservative reaction--a spirit that remains ascendant today? Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at home and abroad. At home, America seemed to be threatened by monstrous criminals--serial killers, child abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug dealers, to name just a few. On the international scene, we were confronted by the Soviet Union and its evil empire, by OPEC with its stranglehold on global oil, by the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. Increasingly, these dangers began to be described in terms of moral evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many saw as the source of the crisis, Americans adopted a more pessimistic interpretation of human behavior, which harked back to much older themes in American culture. This simpler but darker vision ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political Right, which more than two decades later shows no sign of loosening its grip. Writing in his usual crisp and witty prose, Jenkins offers a truly original and persuasive account of a period that continues to fascinate the American public. It is bound to captivate anyone who lived through this period, as well as all those who want to understand the forces that transformed--and continue to define--the American political landscape.