Global Environmental Issues (2nd edition)

Edited by Harris, Frances 
Wiley-Blackwell  February 2012  

Hardcover  358 Pages  ISBN 9780470684702      £95.00

Softcover  358 Pages  ISBN 9780470684696      £32.00
Global Environmental Issues second edition builds on the popularity of the first edition, viewing global environmental problems as complex issues with a network of causes, influenced by a range of actors with differing priorities. The book recognises that science underpins much of what happens in society and therefore it is important to be able to interpret the environmental and social consequences of scientific developments. In addition to discussing the main biophysical causes, the book illustrates how socio-economic and political factors determine why and how people use land, resources and technology, and how this in turn affects natural resource management.

This edition includes new chapters on the politics of science, International environmental regulation and treaties, environmental issues in a globalised world and natural resource management.

This book is essential reading for upper level undergraduates and Masters students within departments of Environmental Science and Geography.

  • Includes case studies from around the world to provide a real life context for the issues tackled in each chapter
  • Considers both the results of human actions and natural environmental change in order to provide balanced, in-depth debate
  • Includes coverage of contemporary 'hot topics' such as biodiversity, globalization and sustainable development
  • Chapters authored by experts in the field
  • Includes new chapters on The politics of science, International environmental regulation and treaties , Environmental issues in a globalised world and Natural Resource Management
  • Expanded sections include negotiating multilateral environmental agreements, GM crops, biofuels and marine and freshwater resources


Part One Introduction

1 Human-Environment Interactions, Frances Harris

Part Two Negotiating Environmental Science

2 From Science to Policy, Frances Harris

3 Confronting a Multitude of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Anilla Cherian

Part Three The Changing Surface of the Earth

4 Grappling with the Global Climate Challenge 65 Anilla Cherian

5 Understanding and Adapting to Sea-Level Rise , Patrick D. Nunn 6 Conserving Biodiversity and Natural Resources, Frances Harris

Part Four Meeting Our Needs

7 Food Production and Supply, Guy M. Robinson and Frances Harris

8 Meeting Society's Demand for Energy, Nick Petford

Part Five Coping with Our Impact

9 Sustainable Urbanisation, Kenneth Lynch

10 Coping with Pollution: Dealing withWaste, Ros Taylor

Part Six Conclusion

11 Sustainable Development: Negotiating the Future, Frances Harris

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms



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