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Human Rights and the Environment

Human Rights and the Environment

1st Edition

Tim Hayward
September 25, 2017

The notion of ‘human rights’ is perhaps the most weighty and widely recognized ethical category of our time, while environmental threats are among the greatest challenges currently facing civilization. It is unsurprising therefore that questions about and around the connection between human...

Environmental Education

Environmental Education

1st Edition

Alan Reid, Justin Dillon
December 16, 2016

Addressing the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of this rapidly growing subject and its multidisciplinary corpus of scholarly literature, ‘Environmental Education’ is a new title from the acclaimed Routledge series, Critical Concepts in the Environment. Edited by two of the...

The Environment, Climate Change, and Governance in China

The Environment, Climate Change, and Governance in China

1st Edition

Eva Sternfeld
October 26, 2015

This four volume collection of selected works examines the political, social and economic aspects of the interaction between Chinese society and the natural environment from past to present as well as future challenges. Volume 1 and 2 are dedicated to China’s environmental history and the...

Gender and the Environment

Gender and the Environment

1st Edition

Susan Buckingham
June 12, 2015

Campaigns to redress gender inequities and injustices have resulted in significant achievements towards equality, especially for well-educated, career-orientated, white women in the West. However, such campaigns have primarily been conducted in the male-dominated arenas of public politics, paid...

Disaster Risk

Disaster Risk

1st Edition

Ben Wisner, J. C. Gaillard, Ilan Kelman
March 31, 2015

Especially in an era of rapid global environmental change, questions and issues about and around natural hazards and disasters are dizzying in their complexity—and urgency. Answering the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of this fast-moving area, and its vast and...

Media and the Environment

Media and the Environment

1st Edition

Anders Hansen
October 23, 2013

Most of what we understand about ‘the environment’, we know through the media, broadly defined, and related communication processes. Indeed, such processes have played a vital role in defining ‘the environment’ as a crucial concept, and in bringing environmental issues and problems to public and...

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

1st Edition

John Blewitt
August 21, 2013

The United Nations has pithily defined sustainable development as progress that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. But sustainable development remains highly contested and is subject to a wide variety of interpretations,...

Future Climate Change

Future Climate Change

1st Edition

Mark Maslin, Samuel Randalls
December 13, 2011

In recent years, future climate change has increasingly been recognized as one of the most important issues of the twenty-first century, challenging the very structure of our global society. No longer just an abstruse scientific concern, it prompts difficult choices for both individuals and...

Ecological Economics

Ecological Economics

1st Edition

Clive Spash
June 26, 2009

Edited by a leading scholar in the field, this new four-volume Routledge Major Work brings together canonical and cutting-edge research in ecological economics. In tracing both the development of thought in the field, as well as exploring the most recent scholarship, diverse elements of the rapidly...

Biodiversity and Conservation

Biodiversity and Conservation

1st Edition

Richard Ladle
November 17, 2008

Although ‘biodiversity’ is a relatively new coinage, scientists have been studying the subject it describes long before the word’s first appearance in the language in the mid-1980s. In 1973, for instance, the UK Systematics Association held a symposium on ‘The Changing Flora and Fauna of Britain’...

Environmental Economics: Critical Concepts in the Environment

Environmental Economics: Critical Concepts in the Environment

1st Edition

Chuck Mason, Erwin Bulte
October 31, 2007

Environmental economics is dedicated to the analysis of externalities (i.e. the side-effects or consequences of industrial or commercial activities that are not reflected in market prices), including the characterization of possible manifestations, appropriate policy remedies, measurement of the...

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

1st Edition

Jane Roberts
August 09, 2007

‘Environmental policy’ has been defined as ‘a set of principles and intentions used to guide decision-making about human management of environmental capital and environmental services’. Although it draws on concepts from environmental philosophy and environmental politics (and from many other...

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