Environmental Issues Today
Choices and Challenges
by Robert J. Duffy and Susan M. Opp, Editors
November 2020, 785pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5984-7
$204, £152, 176€, A276
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5985-4
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Climate scientists expressed alarm in July 2019 when the city of Anchorage, Alaska, posted its highest ever temperature—90 degrees Fahrenheit.

This two-volume set provides an authoritative overview of the major environmental issues of the 21st century, with a special focus on current challenges, trends, and policy choices.

This set provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and focused resource for understanding the nature and scope of environmental challenges facing the United States and the world in the 21st century, as well as options for meeting those challenges. Volume One covers environmental trends and challenges within the United States, while Volume Two illuminates environmental issues and choices around the world.

Issues covered in both volumes include vital topics such as climate change, air and water pollution, natural resource and species protection, and agricultural/industrial impacts on the environment and public health. For all topics, the authors—scholars and experts hailing from a wide range of environmental and policy fields—detail a range of political, social, and economic options for the future and explain why the issue in question is important for society and people as well as the natural world.


  • User-friendly division of volumes into U.S. and international coverage
  • Authoritative and objective analysis from environmental scholars
  • Illuminating sidebars providing case studies about important environmental trends and policies
  • Lists of issue-specific resources for further research
Robert J. Duffy is professor of political science at Colorado State University. His research has focused on a variety of environmental and energy issues as well as the role of organized interests in federal elections. His books include Nuclear Politics in America: A History and Theory of Government Regulation, and Integrating Climate, Energy, and Air Pollution Policies (with Gary Bryner).

Susan M. Opp is professor of political science at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on questions of sustainability, economic development, and urban affairs. Most recently her research has appeared in a number of academic and professional outlets including Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Economic Development Quarterly, and Local Environment. She is also author or editor of three books and has served as a fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Policy.


"Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Students in two-year technical programs."—Choice, December 1, 2021
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