Environmental Science and International Politics: Acid Rain in Europe, 1979-1989, and Climate Change in Copenhagen 2009

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Articles from Nature are summarized to provide context and information for the game.E. Lawrence, “OECD Urges Environment Policies,” Nature 252 (1974): 263.A meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was held in Paris and attended by ministers from 24 countries.Recommendations of the Environment Group of OECD put forth several concepts to formulate rational and coherent environment policies throughout the OECD member nations.The concepts proposed are summarized below:
Polluter Pays Principle. Polluting industries will not be given state aid to control their pollution issues but will be held accountable to meet accepted standards. The thinking is that this will make the cost of goods produced by polluting industries more expensive because they will bear the cost of their pollution. Consumers will prefer the less expensive products.
Code of Conduct. Transfrontier pollution is pollution that is exported to other countries. The code of conduct proposes that transboundary pollution must not exceed that permitted within the polluting country. For example, Britain’s coal-fired plants give off sulfur dioxide that is carried by wind to Scandinavia where it causes acid rain. Acid rain contributes to damage to forests, marble, and fish. This principle raises various complicated legal issues about liability to prosecution. Interestingly, Europe follows Roman law, but Britain follows common law, which works on a precedent system rather than specific legislation.

H. Leivestad and I. P. Muniz, “Fish Kill at Low pH in a Norwegian River,” Nature 259 (1976): 391–92.

This article summarizes the decline in freshwater fish populations in southern Norway associated

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Note to Instructors viii
  • How to Play These Games 1
  • Contents 8
  • Figures and Tables 11
  • 1 - Historical Background 14
  • 2 - The Game 35
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 41
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 44
  • Bibliography 106
  • Acknowledgments 109
  • Appendix 1- Introduction to Environmental Philosophy 110
  • Appendix 2- Introduction to Environmental Economics 116
  • Appendix 3- Using Numbers to Make Arguments 119
  • Appendix 4- Study Questions for Reading Assignments 121
  • Contents 124
  • Figures and Tables 127
  • 1 - Historical Background 129
  • 2 - The Game 153
  • 3 - Roles and Factions 159
  • 4 - Core Texts and Supplemental Readings 162
  • Acknowledgments 164
  • Appendix 1- Green House Gases 165
  • Appendix 2- Chemicals in Fossil Fuels 168
  • Appendix 3- Quantitative Look at Combustion Reactions 172
  • Appendix 4- Leaked Draft Document by Danish Delegates 180
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