IR 323 - 01.28.10 Notes

IR 323 - 01.28.10 Notes - Global environment politics...

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Global environment politics 01/28/10 Kuznets & sustainability - Q of development o Sometimes development produces surge, then stabilization of pop’n 1) Development does create a surge and increases population o Sometimes development produces economic/social/cultural changes and so changed in consumption 1) The way people behave is a function of development o But does development=environmental degradation? - 2 o If people are poor they focus on increasing their wealth = increase in produce environmental degregation (pollution) o The other side of the graph (right side) as wealth increases environmental degragation decreases - Issues o Not clear if curve universal, possible, alternatives GRAPH 1) Raace to the bottom – development w. globalization forces countries to compete for business=pressure to sacrifice environment for business 2) New toxics – development may mean some areas environment improve, but may also mean other unforeseen/intracked areas getting worse o Data not clear (incomplete)
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