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Beyond resource wars : scarcity, environmental degradation, and international cooperation

Author: Shlomi Dinar
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2012]
Series: Global environmental accord : strategies for sustainability and institutional innovation
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Common wisdom holds that the earth's dwindling natural resources and increasing environmental degradation will inevitably lead to inter-state conflict, and possibly even set off "resource wars." Many scholars and policymakers have considered the environmental roots of violent conflict and instability, but little attention has been paid to the idea that scarcity and degradation may actually play a role in fostering  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shlomi Dinar
ISBN: 9780262515580 026251558X 9780262014977 0262014971
OCLC Number: 1012724350
Description: xii, 335 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Resource scarcity and environmental degradation : analyzing international conflict and cooperation / Shlomi Dinar --
Climate change, cooperation, and resource scarcity / Robert Mendelsohn --
Ozone depletion : international cooperation over a degraded resource / Elizabeth R. DeSombre --
Biodiversity protection in international negotiations : cooperation and conflict / G. Kristin Rosendal --
Transboundary cooperation to address acid rain : Europe, North America, and East Asia compared / Miranda A. Schreurs --
Conflict and cooperation in the Mediterranean : MAP from 1975 to today / Gabriela Kütting --
Degradation and cooperation on the high seas : the case of international fisheries management / J. Samuel Barkin --
Conflict and cooperation along international rivers : scarcity, bargaining strategies, and negotiation / Shlomi Dinar --
Is oil worth fighting for? Evidence from three cases / Christopher J. Fettweis --
Responses to alternative forms of mineral scarcity : conflict and cooperation / Deborah J. Shields and Slavko V. Šolar --
Resource scarcity and environmental degradation : implications for the development of international cooperation / Shlomi Dinar.
Series Title: Global environmental accord : strategies for sustainability and institutional innovation
Responsibility: edited by Shlomi Dinar.

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Common wisdom holds that the earth's dwindling natural resources and increasing environmental degradation will inevitably lead to inter-state conflict, and possibly even set off "resource wars." Many scholars and policymakers have considered the environmental roots of violent conflict and instability, but little attention has been paid to the idea that scarcity and degradation may actually play a role in fostering inter-state cooperation. Beyond Resource Wars fills this gap, offering a different perspective on the links between environmental problems and inter-state conflict. Although the contributors do not deny that resource scarcity and environmental degradation may become sources of contention, they argue that these conditions also provide the impetus for cooperation, coordination, and negotiation between states. The book examines aspects of environmental conflict and cooperation in detail, across a number of natural resources and issues including oil, water, climate change, ocean pollution, and biodiversity conservation. The contributors argue that increasing scarcity and degradation generally induce cooperation across states, but when conditions worsen (and a problem becomes too costly or a resource becomes too scarce), cooperation becomes more difficult. Similarly, low levels of scarcity may discourage cooperation because problems seem less urgent. With contributions from scholars in international relations, economics, and political science, Beyond Resource Wars offers a comprehensive and robust investigation of the links among scarcity, environmental degradation, cooperation, and conflict.

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