Historical dictionary of environmentalism

"Environmentalism involves thousands of international, national, and local environmental groups, as well as hundreds of international agreements, scores of national environmental agencies, and countless environmental sections in other organizations - from multinational corporations to regional...

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Main Author: Dauvergne, Peter.
Corporate Author: ebrary, Inc.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2009.
Series: Historical dictionaries of religions, philosophies, and movements ; no. 92.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

One of a cluster of recent environmental works (e.g., J. Foss's Beyond Environmentalism: A Philosophy of Nature, CH, Jul'09, 46-6118, and Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism, CH, May'09, 46-4989), this 300-entry dictionary documents the complex world of environmentalism in the latter 20th century. Part of Scarecrow's respected series of historical dictionaries, this volume includes a well-researched introduction that examines four categories of environmentalism: scholarly, governmental, nongovernmental, and commercial. Dauvergne (political science, Univ. of British Columbia) uses his expertise in global environmental politics to provide a substantial review of organizations, people, concepts, issues, events, and other areas. The main body of entries is arranged alphabetically, but an index would have been helpful for novice researchers. One wonders why no single entry exists for such a critical issue as water. Other noticeable omissions are environmentalist/social activist Barry Commoner and the 1986 U.S. Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. Nonetheless, this volume is important for its concise entries on key countries, international agreements, environmental concepts, and more. A fascinating chronology accompanies the dictionary, and the extensive bibliography and Internet resources are excellent. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. S. R. Curry University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Review by Booklist Review

Environmentalism continues as a topic of high interest to both students and the general public. This volume constitutes a contribution to the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements series. Author Dauvergne is professor of political science at the University of British Columbia.  The alphabetically arranged entries range in length from one paragraph to several pages and encompass people (Rachel Carson, Al Gore); regions and nations (Amazon, Finland); disasters (Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, Love Canal); political movements (Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace); agreements (Convention on Biological Diversity, Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change); actions (Carbon tax, Reforestation); threats (Plastic, Pollution); and energy sources (Coal, Geothermal energy). Entries offer an introduction rather than definitive discussion. The extensive bibliography, organized by subtopic and genre, provides the reader with directories, statistics, journals, documents, comparative histories, biographies, autobiographies, and Internet resources for further reading. The volume also includes a list of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations, an annotated chronology, and an introduction that is a concise, lucid summary of environmental history. Sixteen black-and-white photographs, placed at the center of the volume, augment a few of the entries. There is no index; cross-references link articles. Specialists in the field may regard the volume as too general and incomplete; however, undergraduate students as well as lay readers will find it to be informative, accessible, and reflective of new terminology. It is recommended for undergraduate and public libraries.--Cannon, Nancy Copyright 2009 Booklist

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Review by Library Journal Review

Scarecrow adds yet another title to its ever-growing "Historical Dictionaries" series, which already boasts nearly 100 titles and covers religions, philosophies, and movements. At first glance, the book appears to cover some of the same territory as two other titles in the series, Historical Dictionary of North American Environmentalism (1997) and The Green Movement (2d ed., 2007). Dauvergne's (Univ. of British Columbia) background is in global politics, which explains why this is not a dictionary of environmental science but of the history of a political topic. The book imparts brief, salient facts on persons, places, agreements, and issues. Most of the entries range in length from one paragraph to one page, the longest, three-page entry covering the United States. Though slight, the country entries are the most interesting. The substantial bibliography has its own table of contents and introduction and includes several pages of Internet resources. The only illustrations are 16 pages of murky black-and-white photos, primarily of signs. Bottom Line Those desiring more extensive coverage of the topic should invest in two books by Routledge: Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (2004) and International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics (2001). If in need of a rudimentary treatment, this will do the job.-Teresa R. Faust, Vermont Dept. of Libs., Berlin (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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