Role Of Environmental Issues In Global Politics

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Global environmental politics is a moderately new field of study within the international community that originated in the early 1970’s and focuses on the interaction of humans and the environment. It has seen significant growth since its inception largely due to the rising worry about environmental issues and the effects of climate change. This paper will respond to the central problem facing global environmental politics to the extent of such problems like global warming, the hole in the ozone layer, the loss of biodiversity, and many other transnational environmental issues. This paper will also address that the effectiveness of global politics related to environmental challenges are hindered by the complexity and differing perspectives …show more content…
Environmental concerns are inherently global concerns because of the interconnectedness of the earth’s environmental systems and communities. Problems such as climate change, rising sea levels, desertification, pollution and species extinction affect people in all parts of the world. Environmental problems like these typically do not respect borders and pose challenges for international cooperation since they can threaten a states sense of sovereignty. It is here that questions arise as to what is meant in the international community by “global” and “governance”. As the notion of the word “global” denotes greater and far broader meaning than national or international which for the most part focus on states. The word “governance” also poses an issue because since their is no world government a far looser global system is present. And in this global system states are the highest sovereign bodies and under international law they do not have to accept international agreements or join institutions they don’t want to partake in such as the UNEP, Greenpeace, etc. Thus the vagueness and complexity of the concept of terms like “global” and “environment” hinder the effectiveness of global …show more content…
If the world continues to ignore global environment politics as a whole many of the issues stemming it have the potential to pose very real consequences on peoples lives worldwide. Environmental issues have long been seen as far off issue that will happen in hundreds of years or that only affect the lives of animals, vegetation, ice caps, etc. but if they continue to be left untreated they will cause vast devastation across our planet that has he potential to cause vast loss of life. Around the globe seasons are changing, sea levels are rising, and temperatures are continuing to climb. The warming of the worlds oceans and the planet due to excessive green house gases being released has caused increased and unpredictable extreme weather phenomena such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and droughts. They are being seen more and more now than in the past. With these climatic patterns changing rapidly habitats on land and ocean are becoming inhospitable for other species to live and easier for others to come in and take over. Entire ecosystems are in our present day at risk of collapsing and without them many animals face the risk of extinction. The effects can also be felt in humans, as the change

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