This book offers an intensive investigation of past and present achievements and failures in international environmental law.
Global warming. Species extinction. Overconsumption of resources. Loss of biodiversity. Underground aquifer contamination. Overgrazing. Environmental problems are plaguing our planet. If left unchecked, they can cause enormous harm. Can the nations of the world join together to conquer them before it's too late?
International Environmental Disputes is a thought-provoking examination of the world's most pressing environmental problems and the attempts to remedy them through international law. From the dumping of ash in the Danube and the disposal of waste in western Africa to the effects of the Everglades sugar industry, the work explores such topics as the role of the United Nations, the debate over sustainable development, environmental ethics, biopiracy, and radioactive material in space satellites.
The book covers issues such as treaties on the ozone layer, global climate change, and the Kyoto protocol. A chapter devoted to the United States discusses the international environmental impact of its economy. Biographical sketches introduce readers to a diverse cast of characters including a New Guinea tribal elder and a Japanese TV personality.
Features • A chronology of milestone events, such as the Tisza cyanide spill and the death of the last passenger pigeon • Excerpts from key documents, including treaties such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and documents relating to the Corfu Channel dispute and other key cases, as well as UN and nongovernmental documents
Highlights • Presents much revealing information—for example, during the Vietnam War, Operation Ranch Hand destroyed 8 percent of Vietnam's agricultural land, 14 percent of its forests, and half of its wetlands • Offers a detailed historical review highlighting two landmark events in international environmental law—the Trail Smelter case and the Stockholm Declaration • Examines the North-South conflict between developed and developing countries, with special focus on the debate over agricultural policy and foreign trade
Aaron Schwabach is professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. He is the author of numerous articles on the topic and recently acted as Honorary Theme Editor for the sections on law and international law of the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.