ABSTRACT

Comparative Perspectives on Environmental Policies and Issues presents tools and concepts about environmental policies in several developed and developing countries. It explores a broad survey of ecological modernization theory, ecological feminism theory, environmental justice theory, the concept of sustainability, and research on environmental policies. Data were collected through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, and are used to analyze social, economic, and environmental impact on people.

The book specifically discusses how the earth’s basic life-supporting capital (soils, forests, species, fresh water and oceans) is degraded or depleted to provide for human needs, and how air pollution and acid precipitation, are causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops. Realistically, over-taxing of natural resources and ecological systems throughout the world has promoted economic growth and created increasing opportunities for people while also advancing social injustice. The use of the environment to accomplish social and economic transformation raises fundamental issues for the study of environmental policy and the natural ecological system. As human beings exploit the natural environment to meet present needs, they often will destroy resources needed for the future generations. Thus, environmental policies are enacted to ensure that social and economic impacts of the environment are compatible with the limits of natural systems.

Offering an intuitive and crystal-clear explanation of the key concepts and principles of environmental policies and sustainable development, this volume is suitable not only for environmental science students, but also for instructors, practitioners, researchers, and academics.

chapter 1|19 pages

A Preview of Environmental Policies and Issues

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 2|37 pages

Environmental Concepts and Applications

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

part |2 pages

PART I Developed Countries

chapter 3|27 pages

Environmental Issues and Policies in the United States

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD, MARY BOURKE, PHD

chapter 4|31 pages

Analysis of Environmental Health Issues and Policies in Western Europe

ByEMEKA NWAGWU, PHD

chapter 5|40 pages

Environmental Health Policies and Issues in Canada

ByEMMANUEL A. IYIEGBUNIWE, PHD, ROBERT DIBIE, PHD

part |2 pages

PART II Developing Countries—Africa

chapter 6|32 pages

Environmental Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 7|31 pages

Environmental Policies and Issues in Ghana

ByALBERT ASSIBEY-MENSAH, PHD AND ROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 8|17 pages

Environmental Policy and Impacts in South Africa

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD, KEALEBOGA MAPHUNYE, PHD

chapter 9|29 pages

Environmental Policy and Issues in Ethiopia

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 10|33 pages

Environmental Policy and Issues in Nigeria

ByOFFIONG J. OFFIONG, PHD, ROBERT DIBIE, PHD

part |2 pages

PART III Developing Countries—Other Continents

chapter 11|26 pages

Environmental Health Policy in Brazil

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD, WILLIAM MELLO, PHD, GALIA BENITEZ, PHD

chapter 12|22 pages

Environmental Policies and Issues in Jamaica

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 13|23 pages

Environmental Policies and Issues in Trinidad and Tobago

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD

chapter 14|26 pages

Environmental Policies and Issues in Belize

ByEMMANUEL IYIEGBUNIWE, PHD

chapter 15|24 pages

Environmental Policies and Issues in Some Arab Countries

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD, MAUWYA HUSSEIN, MA, MBA

chapter 16|35 pages

Environmental Sustainability and Solutions

ByROBERT DIBIE, PHD