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By Erika Marie Bsumek

Rarely an afternoon passes with out newshounds, policymakers, teachers, or scientists calling realization to the global scale of the environmental predicament confronting humankind. whereas weather switch has generated the best alarm lately, different international problems-desertification, poisonous pollutants, species extinctions, drought, and deforestation, to call only a few-loom shut at the back of. The scope of the main urgent environmental difficulties a long way exceeds the capability of person geographical regions, less smaller political entities. To compound those difficulties, fiscal globalization, the expansion of non-governmental activist teams, and the accelerating circulation of knowledge have essentially reworked the geopolitical panorama. regardless of the recent urgency of those demanding situations, although, they don't seem to be with out historic precedent. As this e-book exhibits, realms have lengthy sought agreements to control migratory natural world, simply as they've got negotiated conventions governing the exploitation of rivers and different our bodies of water. equally, realms have lengthy tried to manage assets past their borders, to impose their criteria of right environmental exploitation on others, and to attract on services built somewhere else to deal with environmental difficulties at domestic. This assortment examines this little-understood background, supplying case reviews and context to notify ongoing debates.

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22. Richard Grove, “Environmental History,” in New Perspectives on Historical Writing, ed. Peter Burke (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2001), 263. Richard White made a similar critique in “The Nationalizing of Nature,” Journal of American History (December 1999): 976–86. 23. J. R. McNeill, “Observations on the Nature and Culture of Environmental History,” History and Theory 42, no. 4 (December 2003): 5–43. 24. Also see Alfred W. Crosby, Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy (New York: W.

They removed chokepoints, blasted out canyon walls, and scraped the river bottom. They also reinforced banks, manipulated tributaries, and dammed the Alpine regions. The end result was a river that took on a streamlined, generic appearance, more akin to an interstate highway than a river, geared for efficient transportation but little else. Whereas the river’s natural width fluctuated wildly, it was now fixed in cement: 200 meters (656 feet) wide at Basel, 300 meters at Koblenz, 400 meters at Düsseldorf, and 1 kilometer at Hoek van Holland.

Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2011); and Hilary French, Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization (Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute, 2000). 11. Mark Lytle, “An Environmental Approach to American Diplomatic History,” Diplomatic History 20 (1996): 279–300. 12. Dorsey, Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy. 13. Robert Darst, Smokestack Diplomacy: Cooperation and Conflict in East-West Politics (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001); and Marc Cioc, The Game of Conservation: International Treaties to Protect the World’s Migratory Animals (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009).

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