Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Global Environmental Risk

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Global Environmental Risk

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Global Environmental Risk By Jeanne X. Kasperson and Roger E. Kasperson, United Nations University Press, 2001, 574 pages, cfothbound $89.95, paperback $39.95

Global Environmental Risk is a collection of 16 essays divided into an introduction plus four parts: 1) Characterizing Global Environmental Risks, 2) Vulnerability, 3) High-Risk Regions, and 4) Global Environmental Futures. Each part has an introduction by the editors. There are two essays that are only 16 pages long; the longest essay consists of international comparisons of environmental hazards and consists of 92 pages including five appendices. The editors' introductions in each essay are about four pages with the exception of the introduction to the entire book, which is 48 pages.

The basis of the book is an international workshop, "Understanding Global Environmental Change: The Contributions of Risk Analysis and Management," which was held at Clark's University's Center for Technology, Environment, and Development (CENTED) on October 11-13, 1989. The workshop consisted of two-dozen prominent scholars from diverse disciplines and a dozen countries. This book is the culmination of the group's consensus of worthy topics for research regarding global environmental change.

The editors and others start the book by proclaiming that global environmental risk is about both threat and opportunity. They state that the book "examines ways of identifying, conceptualizing, and addressing global environmental risk. …

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