chapter  19
The Global Environmental Crisis and State Behavior: An Evolutionary Perspective: Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
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Global warming, ozone depletion, deforestation, soil erosion, the poisoning of the seas and rivers, the loss of biodiversity, and species extinction have become the all too familiar litany of warnings that environmental scientists have been telling us. A consensus has emerged over the past decade among the scientific community that large-scale atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic environmental changes are becoming increasing probable if nothing is done, and done effectively, to check the degradation of the environment. Many of these changes could mean potentially catastrophic trends that threaten to destroy the earth's capacity to sustain life. As the Worldwatch Institute recently stated: "The environmental era now dawning is distinguished by problems truly global in scale" (Brown, Flavin, & Postel, 1989; Gordon & Suzuki, 1991; see also World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).