Review by Choice Review
The key issues, organizations, and individuals included in this encyclopedia--global warming, ecoterrorism, the WTO, Three Gorges Dam, sustainable development, NAFTA, Paul Ehrlich--have been written about extensively over the past several years, but in books that focus primarily on the US. This timely overview is international in perspective, emphasizing Europe, North America, and Australasia. It complements other works such as Routledge Encyclopedia of Political Economy, ed. by R.J. Barry Jones (CH, Dec'01), Samuel P. Hays's A History of Environmental Politics since 1945 (CH, Mar'01), and Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, ed. by Craig W. Allin (CH, Sep'00). Although it has only one volume compared to the latter's three, the present work offers far better coverage of international political organizations and philosophy. Its impressive array of topics, some fairly unique, heavily emphasizes Green parties and their members worldwide and includes a lengthy essay by John Berry, "Deep Ecology," about the basic philosophy underlying the Green movement, but the editors are careful to present other political ideologies. The signed articles by some 160 contributors vary from brief definitions and biographies of ecologists, environmental activists, and writers, to longer articles on issues and countries. All have cross-references and bibliographies. It has both a thorough index and a useful thematic entry list under broad categories (e.g., "ethical issues," "American environmental politics," "political and social theory"). Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. N. Kobzina University of California, Berkeley
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Review by Library Journal Review
This volume uses an interdisciplinary approach to cover international environmental politics, drawing on political science, geography, sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies. The 500 alphabetically arranged entries, written by international scholars and edited by Barry (politics, Queens Univ. Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Frankland (political science, Ball State Univ.), include biographies, definitions, and coverage of treaties, events, environmental political parties, and countries/geographical areas. The entries vary in length from 150 to 3000 words. Typical short entries include biographies of such figures as German Green Party founder Petra Kelly or definitions of terms like the North/South divide. More in-depth entries give an analysis of particular issues, such as German pollution control and Italian green parties, or comprehensive overviews of organizations and projects such as the UN Environment Programme, World Trade Organization, and Three Gorges Project in China. The longest entries (3000 words) cover environmental politics within large countries such as Brazil, China, and India and ethical topics such as deep ecology and sustainable development. Cross references and a bibliography accompany each entry, and a comprehensive index completes the text. Although this work strives to be international in scope, most of the coverage is on European, North American, and Australasian environmental politics. However, the text is thorough in what it does cover and is accessibly written. Some of the same data can be found in Robert Paehlke's Conservation and Environmentalism, but overall the information is unique to this resource. For comprehensive environmental collections. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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