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THE PROMISE AND PERIL OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Christopher H. Foreman, Jr. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1998. (800) 275-1447. 191 pp. $22.95 Clothbound.

In The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice, Christopher H. Foreman, Jr. argues that advocates of environmental justice who believe that low-income and minority citizens are environmentally victimized, have suspect evidence and a highly unrealistic overall approach. Foreman argues that while such advocacy has cleared significant hurdles, substantial long-term limitations and drawbacks stand in the way. Activism has yielded a presidential executive order, management reform at the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere in government, and numerous local political victories. Yet the environmental justice movement remains structurally and ideologically unable to generate a focused policy agenda. Foreman states that the movement refuses to confront politically inconvenient facts about environmental health risks, the severe constraints impeding a grass-roots environmental approach to social justice, and the need to choose between environmental priorities. Foreman explains how we must sharpen our national dialogue concerning the environmental stakes of these populations and develop realistic public health approaches.

Christopher H. Foreman, Jr. is Senior Fellow in the Governmental Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the author of Plagues, Products, and Politics: Emergent Public Health Hazards and National Policymaking (Brookings, 1994) and Signals from the Hill: Congressional Oversight and the Challenge of Social Regulation (Yale, 1988).

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY

Walter A. Rosenbaum, 4th Edition. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Books, 1998. (202) 887-6363. 384 pp. $28.95 Paperbound.

Walter A. Rosenbaum is Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he specializes in environmental and energy policy. He has served as a special assistant in the Policy Planning and Evaluation office at the Environmental Protection Agency, and is currently a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy on environmental cleanup of nuclear weapons facilities.

In Environmental Politics and Policy, Rosenbaum provides a balanced account of U.S. environmental policy since the beginning of the "environmental era" in 1970, explaining how environmental policy is made and how political forces and actors shape it. Rosenbaum considers the basic problems in making environmental policy, including risk management, cost/benefit analysis, environmental justice, and interest group politics. Current information on environmental conditions is provided, as well as numerous case studies illustrating the impact of environmental law on air and water pollution, toxic waste management, energy production, the public lands, and international politics. Reflecting the growing prominence of environmental problems beyond American borders and their implications for U.S. policy, a new chapter on international environmental policy has been added to this fourth edition.

THE POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Edited by Philip Hirsch and Carol Warren. New York, NY: Routledge, 1998. (212) 244-3336. 325 pp. $85.00 Hardbound, $27.99 Paperbound.

The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia charts the emergence of the environment as an issue of public debate in Southeast Asia. Through a series of case studies, the authors explore the coalescence of social forces around environmental issues, the process of alliance formation, and the role of state institutions, media, and NGOs in the complex political battles over resource allocation. The volatile tensions emerging between the winners and losers in this struggle for the environment will make Southeast Asia a focus of increased attention for those interested in the social, political, and economic dynamics of development. The Politics of the Environment in Southeast Asia helps readers obtain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding these conflicts.

Philip Hirsch is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Sydney. Carol Warren lectures in the Asian Studies and Development Studies programs at Murdoc University, Perth.

WATERS OF OREGON: A SOURCE BOOK ON OREGON'S WATER AND WATER MANAGEMENT

Rick Bastasch. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 1998. (800) 426-3797. 278 pp. $22.95 Paperbound.

In Waters of Oregon: A Source Book on Oregon's Water and Water Management, Rick Bastasch offers an overview of how water is managed in Oregon. His in-depth examination of Oregon's water law provides a compelling perspective on a major environmental issue in the American West--the region's diminishing water supply. Starting with answers to the questions of where Oregon's water comes from and how much water there really is, Bastasch explores how these water resources are used and what that has meant for Oregon--its people, environment, and economy. Waters of Oregon: A Source Book on Oregon's Water and Water Management also features a comprehensive index to Oregon's water laws, a detailed listing of the state's water regulations cross-referenced to appropriate agencies, and a glossary of water terms.

Rick Bastasch worked twelve years with the Oregon Water Resources Department in river basin planning, intergovernmental coordination, strategic planning, public information, and legislative analysis. A lifelong Oregonian, he now lives near Salem, where he writes about, and consults on, water and environmental matters.

DRIVING FORCES: THE AUTOMOBILE, ITS ENEMIES, AND THE POLITICS OF MOBILITY

James A. Dunn, Jr. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 1998. (202) 797-6106. 230 pp. $44.95 Clothbound, $18.95 Paperbound.

In Driving Forces: The Automobile, Its Enemies, and the Politics of Mobility James A. Dunn presents the view that for most Americans, the automobile is not the problem, but the solution to transportation needs. While acknowledging the automobile's significant drawbacks, Dunn refutes much of the shrill rhetoric and doomsday predictions of its opponents. Dunn takes a skeptical look at the major policy initiatives to tax, regulate, and provide alternatives to the automobile, pointing out that any policies designed to remove Americans from their cars without offering them a superior means of mobility are "worse than useless" and doomed to failure. Dunn offers suggestions and guidelines for politically realistic initiatives that preserve the benefits of the automobile while building public support for policies that will reduce its negative effects on energy use and the environment.

James A. Dunn, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Rutgers University, Camden. He was a member of the U.S. research team on MIT's International Automobile Program, and he served as chairman of the South Jersey Transit Advisory Committee.

ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF CENTRAL HARDWOOD FORESTS

Ray R. Hicks, Jr. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998. (212) 850-6336. 412 pp.

Ecology and Management of Central Hardwood Forests examines all of the key ecological, social, and economic management; considerations essential to utilize and sustain the Central Hardwoods Region that extends 235,000 square miles from New York to Georgia and from Virginia to Missouri. First, Hicks develops background for an understanding of what makes the hardwood ecosystem function, with an examination of the physiography, geology, softs, and climate of the region and a historical overview of its evolution and development from pre-European settlement to the present. Hicks also details the silvical characteristics of thirty-four tree species, and offers expert recommendations for effective forest treatment and management.

Ray R. Hicks Jr. is Professor of Forestry at West Virginia University. His research centers on ecological studies of forests, including nutrient cycling, forest health, and forest pest management.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING PRACTICE: HOW AND WHERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

Peter A. Sam. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999. (212) 850-6336. 300 pp. $59.95.

Increased pressure from international lending and donor organizations has transformed environmental management into a central element in economic development worldwide today--making business opportunities for environmental consultants greater now than ever before. Written by an international environmental consulting expert, International Environmental Consulting Practice: How and Where to Take Advantage of Global Opportunities offers information and guidance to exploit these opportunities. Peter A. Sam analyzes the forces shaping global environmental trends. Sam includes a region-by-region analyses of the main growth sectors of the global environmental market; expert advice on how to set up and manage a successful international environmental practice; and detailed guidance on proposals, bidding, contracts, and negotiations in the international arena.

Peter A. Sam is a senior environmental scientist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Chairman and CEO of the African Environmental Research and Consulting Group.

PROFIT CENTERS IN INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY: THE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE'S APPROACH TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Ronald S. Smith, Jr. West Port, CT: Quorum Books, 1998. (800) 225-5800. $65.00 Hardbound.

In Profit Centers in Industrial Ecology: The Business Executive's Approach to the Environment, Robert S. Smith, Jr. states that complying with environmental protection laws can be profitable. Smith provides corporate executives with easily accessed data and analyses of the theory of environmental management systems, covering the major environmental concerns worrying corporate America. Profit Centers in Industrial Ecology: The Business Executive's Approach to the Environment serves as a practical guide to the tools of environmental management and how they can be used to enhance a corporation's profitability,, while at the same time reducing its impact on the environment and consequent financial liabilities.

Ronald S. Smith, Jr. is former Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for the New York City Department of Sanitation and is currently a freelance environmental writer. He holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Conservation from New York University.
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