Environment and Sustainability

New and Key Titles 2014

Environmental Policy and Politics

  1. Climate Change Governance in Chinese Cities

    By Qianqing Mai, Maria Francesch-Huidobro

    Series: Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment

    In the last 30 years, China has experienced rapid economic development and urbanisation which has resulted in high levels of environmental degradation and has put considerable pressure on the country’s infrastructure and natural resources. As China commits to considerably lower the carbon intensity...

    To Be Published December 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  2. Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol

    By Gerald Kutney

    Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

    Carbon Politics and the Failure of Kyoto charts the framework and political evolution of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and examines the ensuing failure of the international community to adequately address climate change. The focus is not on the science or consequences of climate change but on the...

    Published December 19th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Democratic Sustainability in a New Era of Localism

    By John Stanton

    Series: Routledge Studies in Sustainability

    Change and development are going on all around us. On both an international platform, as well as at the local governmental and community level, governments, decision and policy makers constantly strive to improve the world in which we live, seeking to make it better and to improve quality of life....

    Published May 19th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Digital Technologies for Democratic Governance in Latin America

    Opportunities and Risks

    Edited by Anita Breuer, Yanina Welp

    Series: Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

    This book is the first to comprehensively analyse the political and societal impacts of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in a region of the Global South. It evaluates under what conditions some Latin American governments and people have succeeded in taking up the opportunities...

    Published January 8th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Economic Development and Political Action in the Arab World

    By M.A. Mohamed Salih

    Series: Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

    Analysis of North African revolt against authoritarianism, known as the ‘Arab Spring’, embraced reductionist explanations such as the social media, youth unemployment and citizens’ agitations to regain dignity in societies humiliated by oppressive regimes. This book illustrates that reductionist...

    Published February 25th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Ecoregionalism

    Analyzing Regional Environmental Agreements and Processes

    By Jon Marco Church

    Ecoregions are defined on natural resource boundaries rather than political criteria. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive understanding of environmental regionalism at the international level, analyzing the concept and its evolution. Several disciplines are mobilized to...

    To Be Published July 30th 2015 by Routledge

  7. Human Security and Natural Disasters

    Edited by Christopher Hobson, Paul Bacon, Robin Cameron

    Series: Routledge Humanitarian Studies

    "Human security" is an approach that rejects the traditional prioritization of state security, and instead identifies the individual as the primary referent of security. It offers a way of broadening our perspective, and recognizing that the most pressing threats to individuals do not come from...

    Published March 19th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Nature, Choice and Social Power

    By Erica Schoenberger

    We are at an environmental impasse. Many blame our personal choices about the things we consume and the way we live. This is only part of the problem. Different forms of social power - political, economic and ideological - structure the choices we have available. This book analyses how we make...

    Published August 18th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Nuclear Energy Safety and International Cooperation

    Closing the World's Most Dangerous Reactors

    By Spencer Barrett Meredith, III

    Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy

    Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl explosion, disaster struck once again after a tsunami overwhelmed the considerable safety measures at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. However, Fukushima had in place a solid containment structure to reduce the spread of radiation in the event of a...

    Published July 15th 2014 by Routledge

  10. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster

    Investigating the Myth and Reality

    By The Independent Investigation on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

    When the Nuclear Safety Commission in Japan reviewed safety-design guidelines for nuclear plants in 1990, the regulatory agency explicitly ruled out the need to consider prolonged AC power loss. In other words, nothing like the catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was...

    Published February 19th 2014 by Routledge

  11. The Politics of Carbon Markets

    Edited by Benjamin Stephan, Richard Lane

    Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Policy

    The carbon markets are in the middle of a fundamental crisis - a crisis marked by collapsing prices, fleeing actors, and ever increasing greenhouse gas levels. Yet carbon trading remains at the heart of global attempts to respond to climate change. Not only this, but markets continue to proliferate...

    Published September 10th 2014 by Routledge

  12. The Energy of Nations

    Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance

    By Jeremy Leggett

    Systemic global risks of oil supply, climate shock and financial collapse threaten tomorrow's economies and mean businesses and policy makers face huge challenges in fuelling tomorrow’s world. Jeremy Leggett gives a personal testimony of the dangers often ignored and incompletely understood - a...

    Published September 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  13. The Politics of Energy

    Challenges for a Sustainable Future

    Edited by Steve Vanderheiden

    This book brings together leading scholars on the politics of energy, examining the natural resources and developing technologies that are essential to its production and the various public and private factors affecting its use, along with the ecological consequences of both. Section One...

    Published April 24th 2014 by Routledge

  14. Climate Change and Foreign Policy

    Case Studies from East to West

    Edited by Paul G. Harris

    Series: Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

    Climate Change and Foreign Policy: Case Studies from East to West and its companion volume, Environmental Change and Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, examine and explain the role of foreign policy politics, processes and institutions in efforts to protect the environment and natural resources....

    Published March 1st 2013 by Routledge

  15. Waste Prevention Policy and Behaviour

    New Approaches to Reducing Waste Generation and its Environmental Impacts

    By Ana Paula Bortoleto

    Series: Routledge Studies in Waste Management and Policy

    As prosperity levels rise, so too does the number of products and services being consumed. For policy makers in waste management facing a growing challenge, it is vital to understand the complex relationship between waste prevention policies and individual behaviour regarding waste generation. This...

    Published September 14th 2014 by Routledge

  16. Want, Waste or War?

    The Global Resource Nexus and the Struggle for Land, Energy, Food, Water and Minerals

    By Philip Andrews-Speed, Raimund Bleischwitz, Tim Boersma, Corey Johnson, Geoffrey Kemp, Stacy D. VanDeveer

    In addition to environmental change, the structure and trends of global politics and the economy are also changing as more countries join the ranks of the world’s largest economies with their resource-intensive patterns. The nexus approach, conceptualized as attention to resource connections and...

    To Be Published November 26th 2014 by Routledge

  17. Environmental Security

    Approaches and Issues

    Edited by Rita Floyd, Richard Matthew

    Economic development, population growth and poor resource management have combined to alter the planet’s natural environment in dramatic and alarming ways. For over twenty years, considerable research and debate have focused on clarifying or disputing linkages between various forms of environmental...

    Published December 11th 2012 by Routledge

  18. Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic

    Edited by Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Dawn Bazely, Marina Goloviznina, Andrew Tanentzap

    This is the first comprehensive exploration of why human security is relevant to the Arctic and what achieving it can mean, covering the areas of health of the environment, identity of peoples, supply of traditional foods, community health, economic opportunities, and political stability. The...

    Published October 4th 2013 by Routledge

  19. Routledge Handbook of Global Environmental Politics

    Edited by Paul G. Harris

    This handbook provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of Global Environmental Politics. It brings together leading international academic experts and features 40 chapters that: Describe the history of global environmental politics as a discipline and explain the various theories and...

    Published September 25th 2013 by Routledge

  20. Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe

    The Evolution of the Discourse on Sustainability

    Edited by Pamela M. Barnes, Thomas C. Hoerber

    Series: Routledge Advances in European Politics

    This book analyses the evolution of the sustainability discourse in the European Union, exploring the conditions necessary for sustainable development to move from a conceptual model into a model for action for strategic decision makers at all levels of governance. This book questions the extent...

    Published June 7th 2013 by Routledge

  21. The Geographical Transformation of China

    Edited by Michael Dunford, Liu Weidong

    Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

    The aim of this book is to examine the transformation of the geography of China in the years since the start of China's policy of reform and opening-up in 1978, as seen through the eyes of Chinese geographers. Throughout that period, Chinese geographers have studied these environmental, economic,...

    To Be Published November 5th 2014 by Routledge

  22. The Urban Climate Challenge

    Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime

    Edited by Craig A. Johnson, Noah J. Toly, Heike Schroeder

    Series: Cities and Global Governance

    Drawing upon a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives, The Urban Climate Challenge provides a hands-on perspective about the political and technical challenges now facing cities and transnational urban networks in the global climate regime. Bringing together experts working in the fields...

    To Be Published March 2nd 2015 by Routledge

  23. Collaborative Strategies for Sustainable Cities

    Economy, Environment and Community in Baltimore

    By Eric S. Zeemering

    Series: Routledge Studies in Public Administration and Environmental Sustainability

    Baltimore, like many other cities around the globe, is redesigning local government policy and programs in order to become a more sustainable city. Sustainability, as a concept guiding public action, encourages city officials to integrate policy and programs addressing the economic, environmental,...

    Published May 27th 2014 by Routledge

  24. Environmental Politics and Foreign Policy Decision Making in Latin America

    Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol

    By Amy Below

    Series: Role Theory and International Relations

    Although the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to address global climate change, has been regarded by many as an unsuccessful treaty both politically and environmentally, it stands as one of the world’s few truly global agreements. Why did such a diverse group of countries decide to sign...

    To Be Published December 17th 2014 by Routledge

  25. National Climate Policy

    A Multi-field Approach

    By Elin Lerum Boasson

    Series: Routledge Research in Environmental Policy and Politics

    Failed attempts at producing ambitious global climate commitments and instruments have made it increasingly important for nation states to deliver climate policies. This in turn requires a better understanding of national climate policymaking. In this book, Elin Lerum Boasson develops an...

    Published October 31st 2014 by Routledge