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What is Environmental Politics?

Paperback By Elizabeth R. DeSombre
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Why is it so difficult to control, or fix, pollution? How can we justify harvesting the world’s natural resources at unsustainable rates, even though these activities cause known harm to both people and ecosystems?

  Scientific knowledge and technological advances alone cannot tackle these environmental challenges; they also involve difficult political choices and trade-offs both locally and globally.

 What is Environmental Politics?

 introduces students to the different ways society attempts to deal with the political decisions needed to prevent or recover from environmental damage.

  Across its six chapters leading environmental scholar Elizabeth De

Sombre explains what makes environmental problems, such as climate change, overfishing or deforestation, particularly challenging to address via political processes, what types of political structures are more or less likely to prioritize protecting the environment, and how effective political intervention can improve environmental conditions and the lives of people who depend on them.

It will be a vital resource for students new to the field of environmental politics as well as readers interested in protecting the future of our planet.

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Format: Paperback, 232 pages Language: English
Dimension: 20.83cm x 14.73cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 1509534148
Weight: 295g ISBN13: 9781509534142
Publication Date: 27 Feb 2020 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Elizabeth De

Sombre is the Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College.

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“This accessible primer illuminates the complex political challenges that arise when actors with diverse interests, unequal power relations, and competing values confront the environmental crisis. De

Sombre offers practical suggestions for engaging with environmental politics to foster broader social and economic change to benefit the planet.”Michele Betsill, Colorado State University“At a time when the problems can seem overwhelming, this highly readable and skilfully executed book makes a compelling case for understanding environmental politics as a way to engage in it more effectively.”Ken Conca, American University


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