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  • 1. Environment and Population
    International Relations 9/e
    Goldstein and Pevehouse
    Pearson Education, Inc.
    publishing as Longman © 2010
  • 2. Interdependence and the Environment
    Global threats to the natural environment are a growing source of interdependence.
    Environmental effects tend to be diffuse and long-term.
    These effects easily spread from one location to another.
    This makes for a difficult collective goods problem, particularly in areas such as the environment, natural resources, and population.
    Tragedy of the commons
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    publishing as Longman © 2010
  • 3. Sustainable Development
    Sustainable development refers to economic growth that does not deplete resources and destroy ecosystems so quickly that economic growth is itself undermined.
    Concept applies to both the industrialized regions and the global South.
    Managing the environment is the most “global” of problems.
    It involves collective goods for all states and people of the world.
    Pearson Education, Inc.
    publishing as Longman © 2010
  • 4. The Demographic Transition
    The process of economic development brings about a change in birth rates and death rates that follows a fairly universal pattern called demographic transition.
    First death rates fall as food supplies increase and access to health care expands.
    Later, birth rates fall as people become educated, more secure, and more urbanized, and as the status of women in society rises.
    At the end of the transition, birth rates and death rates are fairly close to each other, and population growth is limited.
    But during the transition, when death rates have fallen more than birth rates, population grows rapidly.
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  • 5. Population and International Conflict
    The idea that overpopulation is the cause of hunger in today’s world is not really accurate.
    Poverty and politics, more than population, are the causes of malnutrition and hunger today.
    Enough food, water, petroleum, land, etc., but these are unequally distributed.
    Strains and conflicts on resources
    Demographics can exacerbate ethnic conflicts.
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  • 6. Final Quiz
    Groups of 3 – answer the following question
    1. Sustainable development is the goal of modern nation states. This has become a major concern due to environmental standards in the international community. Discuss why global warming, the ozone layer, and forests and oceans are major concerns for the environment and explain the major policies adopted in helping address these problems.
    2. Pollution is a collective goods problem. Why is it so hard to solve? Is there a solution?
    3. Give me three explanations for why natural resources can be a source of international conflict. Of the natural resources listed in the book, which is the most important today? 50 years from now? Why?
  • 7. The Atmosphere: Global Warming
    Global warming; global climate change
    Slow, long-term rise in the average world temperature
    Alterations of weather patterns
    UN Environment Program (UNEP)
    Greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, etc)
    Costs of reduction are high
    Curbing economic growth or shifting it onto new technological paths
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  • 8. The Atmosphere: Global Warming
    Triple dilemma
    Short-term and predictable costs to gain long-term and less predictable benefits.
    Specific constituencies such as oil companies and industrial workers pay the costs, whereas the benefits are distributed more generally across domestic society and internationally.
    There is the collective goods dilemma among states: benefits are shared globally but costs must be extracted from each state individually.
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    publishing as Longman © 2010
  • 9. The Atmosphere: Ozone Depletion
    Ozone high in the atmosphere screens out harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.
    Certain chemicals expelled by industrial economies float to the top of the atmosphere and interact with ozone in a way that breaks it down.
    Increased radiation is the result of ozone depletion.
    Montreal Protocol 1987
    Most important success yet achieved in international negotiations to preserve the global environment
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  • 10. Forests and Oceans
    Two types of habitat – tropical rain forests and oceans – are especially important to biodiversity and the atmosphere.
    Rain forests
    As many as half the world’s total species live in rain forests, which replenish oxygen and reduce carbon monoxide.
    Most are in poor states; debtor nations
    Until recently, rich states have encouraged maximum economic growth in these states so foreign debts might be paid with little regard for environmental damage.
    Now, greater interest in protecting rain forests
    Brazil – plan to end deforestation
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  • 11. Forests and Oceans
    Cover 70% of the Earth’s surface
    Key to regulating climate and preserving biodiversity
    Attractive targets for short-term economic uses that cause long-term environmental preservation
    Belong to no state but are a global commons
    Free riders
    High seas – non-territorial waters
    UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (negotiated 1973-1982)
    Role of private environmental groups
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  • 12. Pollution
    More often a regional or bilateral issue
    The effects of pollution are generally limited to the state where it occurs and its close neighbors
    In several regions (notably Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East), states are closely packed in the same air, river, or sea basins.
    Acid rain
    Often crosses borders
    Water pollution
    Toxic and nuclear waste
    Market economies have begun to deal with pollution as another cost of production
    Aral Sea pollution
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  • 13. Natural Resources
    Because the extraction of resources brings states wealth, these resources regularly become a source of international conflicts.
    Not collective goods problems because they are mostly located within individual states, but states do bargain as to these vital resources.
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  • 14. Natural Resources
    Three aspects of natural resources shape their role in international conflict.
    Required for the operation of an industrial economy
    Sources are associated with particular territories over which states may fight for control.
    Natural resources tend to be unevenly distributed, with plentiful supplies in some states and absence in others.
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  • 15. World Energy
    Energy resources (fuels) are central to states.
    Oil (40% of world energy consumption)
    Cheapest to transport over long distances
    Coal (30%)
    Natural gas (25%)
    Hydroelectric and nuclear power (5%)
    International trade in energy plays a vital role in the world economy.
    Oil prices
    Political importance of Middle East
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  • 16. Water Disputes
    World water use is 35 times that of just a few centuries ago and grew twice as fast as population in the 20th century.
    One-fifth of the world’s population lacks safe drinking water.
    80 countries suffer from water shortages.
    Water supplies often cross international borders.
    Source of conflict
    Problem in the Middle East
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