Science and Politics in the International Environment

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Neil E. Harrison, Gary C. Bryner
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 379 pages
Science is central to understanding most environmental problems and the solutions proposed to remedy them. But environmental issues are highly emotive, attracting extremists from across the political spectrum even in the rarified air of international politics. This book seeks to explain what 'science' and 'politics' are in the context of environmental policy making and how the interplay of science and politics influences international environmental policy. It uses original case studies to explore the interaction of science and politics across a wide range of international environmental issues including climate change, transboundary conflicts, and international forest management. Many of the chapters are collaborations between scholars from the natural and social sciences, offering a unique combination of perspectives on common environmental challenges worldwide.

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Contents

Thinking about Science and Politics
1
Regional Issues
17
A Case Study of Two Mexican Biosphere Reserves The Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta and the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de ...
21
Scientists and Scientific Uncertainty in EU Policy Processes Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Bovine Hormones
45
Global Issues
73
Science and International Climate Change Policy
75
Political Responses to Changing Uncertainty in Climate Science
101
Science and Precaution
131
Localizing Universal Science Acid Rain Science and Policy in Europe North America and East Asia
201
The Effectiveness of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in Resolving International Fisheries Disputes The Southern Bluefin Tuna Case
233
No Fence Can Stop It Debating Dioxin Drift from a Small US Town to Arctic Canada
263
International Cooperation in Environmental Politics Ecosystem Management of the Great Lakes and the Baltic Sea
289
Beyond Case Studies
317
Toward Theory
319
Teaching with Case Studies
343
Index
351

Using Science Ignoring Science Lake Acidification in Ontario
135
Lost in the Woods International Forest Policy
165
Science Ideas and Culture
195

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Neil E. Harrison is executive director of the Sustainable Development Institute and adjunct professor of international studies at the University of Wyoming. Gary C. Bryner is professor of political science at Brigham Young University.

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