Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment

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Review: Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment By James Gustave Speth (Ed.) James Gustave Speth (Ed.). Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2003. 180 pp. ISBN 1-55963- 998-9 (cloth); 1-55963-999-7 (paperback). US$45.00 cloth; US$22.50 paperback. Acid-free paper.

Globalization, "in its simplest sense . . . refer[ring] to the widening, deepening and speeding up of global interconnectedness ..." (p. 91), is one of the profound phenomena experienced in the current era, and has affected the economic, environmental, and social aspects of every nation on this globe. Due to both positive and negative effects on the life of people everywhere, it is one of the most discussed topics of this century. Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment, edited by James Gustave Speth, is one of the pioneer efforts on the delicate issue. This collection consists of eight essays by world-renowned scholars with the editor's short summary, as well as two opening and closing chapters by the editor. Views of globalization's opponents and supporters are very beautifully elaborated. Two themes, "the rise of environmental concern on the international level" and " economic globalization and its impact on environmental quality" are presented in an excellent manner by prominent scholars.

In his opening essay Speth elaborates on the evolution of global environmental governance and the relationship between the globalization of the economy and the transition to a sustainable society. Marine biologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco discusses threats to global environmental quality that face humanity according to six global scale indicators. Maurice Strong presents the recent history of the international environmental movement. …

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