Environmental Politics: Scale and Power by Shannon O'Lear

By Shannon O'Lear

Shannon O'Lear brings a geographer's standpoint to environmental politics. The e-book considers problems with weather swap, strength, nutrients safety, pollution, waste, and source clash to discover how political, monetary, ideological and armed forces strength have contributed to the iteration of environmental matters and the formation of dominant narratives approximately them. The publication encourages the reader to imagine severely in regards to the energy dynamics that form (and restrict) how we predict approximately environmental matters and to extend the reader's figuring out of why it concerns that those concerns are mentioned at specific spatial scales. utilizing a geographer's experience of scale and gear results in a greater knowing of the complexity of environmental concerns and may aid formulate mitigation and model recommendations. The publication will attraction generally to complicated scholars and researchers from a geography historical past, but additionally to social and political scientists who desire to examine the subject from this diverse standpoint.

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Patterns and processes underlying food security – and insecurity – are shown to reflect spatial dimensions of power arrangements. Chapter 5 considers garbage and waste. When we throw something away, where is “away”? The fact that the Fresh Kills garbage landfill in New York is larger than either the Great Wall of China or the Great Pyramids as far as human-made structures go should give us pause for thought. Additionally, Outline of the book 25 when people in Western societies “donate” used computer hardware to less privileged people in, say, Africa, are they aware that much of this unusable hardware is burned in the open releasing toxic fumes in the proximity of people going about their daily lives?

Indeed, the US Toxic Substances Control Act restricts the domestic use of many harmful toxins, but it also grandfathers in many chemical toxins that were in use prior to 1972. The Environmental Protection Agency is overwhelmed, understaffed, and underfunded when it comes to chemical substances that have yet to be thoroughly tested for their safety level. People are often left on their own to research and control their exposure to chemical toxins such as parabens – a staple ingredient of the cosmetics industry and which are thought to be endocrine disruptors that wreak havoc with hormonal functions.

Media coverage of climate change tends to focus on the uncertainty of the science behind climate change research without pointing out that uncertainty is precisely what drives scientific endeavors – a nuance that might not be too surprising considering that few journalists have substantial training in the sciences (Boykoff 2007, 2008). However, it was big news in 2007 when former US Presidential candidate Al Gore was awarded a Nobel Prize jointly with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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