Rio Plus Ten

Rio Plus Ten

Politics, Poverty and the Environment

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Thoroughly revised and updated edition of this comprehensive survey of resource depletion.

McMillan Palgrave
Examines global warming and the unfolding of the arguments over climate change, GM crops, water, patents and other development issues.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development took place in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002. In this book, the authors look at the agenda established since the original Rio conference in 1992 and cover the events of the intervening years: global warming and the unfolding arguments over climate change, energy, water and sanitation, patents and many other issues. They examine what progress-- if any--has been made. Offering a critical analysis of the links between neo-liberal economics and transnational organisations, the authors expose the poverty of so-called international protocols and resolutions which claim to offer solutions. They show how, in virtually every case, these resolutions remain part of the problem of continuing poverty and environmental degradation in the non-Western world.

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Poverty and the environment are inseparable, proclaim Middleton and O'Keefe, not rival priorities, and say furthermore that purely or mainly environmental agendas frequently ignore the needs and rights of poor people. In that context, they trace the efforts that led to the United Nations conferences on the Environment in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and Johannesburg in 2002. They say the almost universal condemnation of the latter by international non-government organizations was based on the deception that market-led economies can actually improve the plight of the poor. It is finance capital that creates and maintains poverty, they say. Distributed in the US by Stylus. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780585489018
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 202 pages)
Additional Contributors: O'Keefe, Philip


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