|Cities and the Environment (UNU, 1999, 343 p.)|
Yukio Aoshima Governor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, 1995-99
Jusen Asuka-Zhang Associate Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
Ernest Callenbach Author and Consulting Editor, University of California Press
Monte Cassim Professor, College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Nitin Desai Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations, New York
Jason Hunter Environment Program Officer, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, California
Takashi Inoguchi Professor of Political Science, Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo
Klaus W. K Freelance architect, Germany; board member, Association for Water Recycling and Rainwater Utilization (fbr)
Voula Mega Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Ireland
Toshihiro Menju Senior Program Officer, Japan Center for International Exchange
Edward Newman Academic Programme Associate, Peace and Governance Programme, United Nations University, Japan
James E. Nickum Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ooi Giok Ling Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore
Glen Paoletto Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Global Strategies, Japan
Daniela Simioni Environmental Affairs Officer, Environment and Development Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Hari Srinivas Assistant Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Shigeo Takahashi Professor, Department of Economics,
Gakuin University, Japan
German T. Velasquez Programme Coordinator, Global Environment Information Centre (GEIC), United Nations University, Japan
Benjamin Wisner Director of International Studies and Professor of Geography, California State University
Lyuba Zarsky Co-Executive Director, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, California, and Director, Sustainable Development Projects, (Nautilus Institute)
The Global Environment in the Twenty-first Century
Prospects for International Cooperation
Edited by Pamela S. Chasek
The Global Environment in the Twenty-first Century: Prospects for International Cooperation examines the roles of different actors in the formulation of international and national environmental policy. It starts from the premise that while cooperation among nation states has proven to be necessary to address many transboundary environmental issues, virtually all policies must be implemented at the national or local level. This book provides a useful framework for understanding the multi-actor, multi-issue nature of international environmental policy.
paper; 450 pp; US$34.95
Crucibles of Hazard
Mega-cities and Disasters in Transition
Edited by James K. Mitchell
As a result of repeated experiences with devastating earthquakes, storms, floods, and wildfires, places like Tokyo, Mexico City, San Francisco and Los Angeles are already identified with catastrophe in both scientific literature and popular culture. Similar prospects face less obvious urban candidates like Dhaka, Miami, London, Lima, Seoul, and Sydney. This collaborative study of environmental risks in ten of the worlds major cities was led by the International Geographical Unions Study Group on the Disaster Vulnerability of Mega-cities. Geographers, planners and other experts examine the hazard experiences of case study cities and analyse their future risks. The authors conclude that the natural disaster potential of the biggest cities is expanding at a pace which far exceeds the rate of urbanization.
paper; 450 pp; US$34.95
Globalization and the World of Large Cities
Edited by Fu-chen Lo and Yue-man Yeung
This study analyses the worlds urban future in a number of critical areas relating to globalization: urban corridors, Islamic cities, new technologies, transport and telecommunications, rural-urban relations in the developing world, financial centres, and food issues. Rich in theoretical and policy perspectives, the book is balanced by cross-regional and -cultural empirical analyses, data and illustrations. Its conclusions will be helpful to scholars and planners in developed and developing nations.
paper; 360 pp; US$34.95
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Cities and the Environment
New Approaches for Eco-Societies
Cities focus human creativity, culture, and industry, and offer welfare and livelihood opportunities for billions of people worldwide. If demographic projections are borne out, cities will also be a focus of a global population explosionparticularly in developing countriesthat will increasingly reflect common lifestyle experiences for humankind.
While these experiences are often positive, burgeoning urban communities will face critical challenges in coming decades. Environmental problems are particularly threatening: cities are a burden upon natural resources and pollute the air and water; development destroys the natural environment surrounding cities; and cities present enormous demands for housing, transportation, water management, and sewerage systems that in many cases are not met.
Urban environmental challenges threaten the lives of millions, and as urban populations increase, these difficulties will escalate. The goal of eco-societies is thus to manage or reverse these problems and make cities safe places in which to work, live, and nurture future generations. This goal rests upon the harmonious coexistence of humankind and the environment in which human activities are geared towards sustainability. It also relies upon sensitive political solutions.
This volume identifies and conceptualizes the ideal of urban eco-societies, embracing their technological, political, and sociological dimensions and focusing on broad but practical lifestyle changes. It outlines the innovative approaches used in partnerships among disparate actors and the widening process of cooperation on these issues that transcends national boundaries.
Takashi Inoguchi is Political Science Professor at the Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo. Edward Newman is an Academic Programme Associate at the Peace and Governance Programme, United Nations University, Tokyo. Glen Paoletto is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan.
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