Recommended reading on WSSD

Posted: 11 October 2002

Earthscan books cover many of the issues discussed at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. Below, under key summit topics, are the targets set at the Summit with selected authoritative titles that help lead the way to making these agreed goals a reality.

BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

Agreed to cut significantly by 2010 the rate at which rare animals and plants are becoming extinct.*

Handbook of the Convention on Biological DiversitySecretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity - INCLUDES FREE CD-ROM£24.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £22.46The Convention sets out commitments for national and international measures aimed at preserving the vital ecosystems and biological resources on which we all depend.

POVERTY

Agreed to establish a solidarity fund to wipe out poverty, "the greatest global challenge facing the world today". Stressed that contributions to fund are voluntary.*

Knowing Poverty: Critical Reflections on Participatory Research and PolicyEdited by Karen Brock and Rosemary McGee£15.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £14.36An examination of how participatory research has affected the way poverty is understood, and how these understandings have been acted on in policy-making for poverty reduction.

WATER AND SANITATION

Agreed to halve proportion of people without access to proper sanitation by 2015, a goal Washington had resisted. Complements previous goal of halving proportion of people without access to clean drinking water by 2015.*

World Water Vision: Making Water Everybody's BusinessWilliam J Cosgrove and Frank R Rijsberman£12.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £11.66This book shows the water crisis to be a crisis of management. At its heart is the question: can water be used more efficiently?

ENERGY

Agreed to take actions to improve access to affordable energy but failed to agree on specific targets to increase share of world energy produced from renewable "green" sources such as solar or wind power. EU was in favour of targets but United States and oil-producing countries refused to budge.*

Climate Change and Power: Economic Instruments for European ElectricityEdited by Christiaan Vrolijk£40.00 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £36.00A definitive volume examining the mechanisms of the electricity industry for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing these are critical to achieving international targets and mitigating climate change.

The Solar Economy: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Global FutureHerman Scheer£17.99 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 15% £15.29‘A masterwork by the master advocate for solar’ JEREMY LEGGETT, author of The Carbon War

GLOBALISATION

Plan acknowledges globalisation has both good and bad sides. While it offers great opportunities for growth of the world economy and better living standards, poor countries face special difficulties and should be included.*

Human Rights and the Environment: Conflicts and Norms in a Globalizing WorldEdited by Lyuba Zarsky£17.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £16.16Explains what legal and institutional innovation is needed to mediate disputes and to enforce new ethics in the global economy that promote both human rights and environmental sustainability

PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH

Reaffirmed principle of acting to protect the environment even if evidence of potential future damage to the Earth's ecosystem is not conclusive.*The Precautionary Principle in the 20th Century: Late Lessons from Early WarningsEdited by Poul Harremoës, David Gee, Malcolm MacGarvin, Andy Stirling, Jane Keys, Brian Wynne, Sofia Guedes Vaz.£17.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £16.16Could hazards such as the damage to the ozone layer, the collapse of fish stocks and ‘mad cow’ disease have been avoided? This volume sets out to discover what lessons we can learn for the future from the failures of the past.

STRATEGIES

Countries agreed to initiate strategies to preserve resources for future generations by 2005.*

Sustainable Development Strategies: A Resource BookBarry Dalal-Clayton and Stephen Bass £20.00 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £18.00A flexible, non-prescriptive guide on how to develop, assess and implement national sustainable development strategies. Includes FREE CD-ROM.

FISH

Agreed to restore depleted fish stocks by 2015 at the latest, recognising oceans are essential to ecosystems and a critical source of food, especially in poor countries.*

Fish, Markets and Fishermen: The Economics of OverfishingRobert Wieland, Suzanne Iudicello and Michael Weber£14.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £13.46A concise overview of the world’s fisheries documents the decline of fisheries worldwide. It gives the reader a clear understanding of the economics and population biology of fish and offers case studies of fisheries under different management regimes.

CHEMICALS

Agreed that by 2020 chemicals will be made and used in ways to minimise severe harmful impact on humans and the environment. Will promote sound management of hazardous waste.*

Contaminated Land: Managing Legal LiabilitiesEdited by Martin Warren£45.00 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £40.50Discusses the current approaches to the problem, the identification of contaminated land, different clean-up mechanisms and the targets for clean-up costs.

HEALTH

Agreed that a World Trade Organisation accord on patents should not prevent poor countries providing medicines for all; a key issue as they often cannot afford drugs to treat Aids.*

Diseases of Globalization: Socioeconomic Transitions and HealthChristine McMurray and Roy Smith£16.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £15.26Looks at the positive and negative effects on health caused through globalisation.

WOMEN

Access to healthcare should be consistent with basic human rights as well as religious and cultural values.*

Vital Signs 2002-2003: The Trends That Are Shaping Our FutureWorldwatch Institute£14.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £13.46‘A remarkable snapshot of the world today’ John Vidal, The GuardianIncludes a special feature on 'Women Subject to Violence' and explores 'Health and Social Trends'.

AID

Recognises that substantial increase in aid is needed for poor countries in order to meet agreed development goals. Urges rich countries to give 0.7 percent of national income, a target first set in 1970. Only five countries have reached that level.*

The Selfish Altruist: Relief Work In Famine And WarTony Vaux£17.99 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £16.19'Vaux's inquiry focuses on the individual motivations of the aid worker and the ethical complexities of exercising power to do good. It is refreshing to see an aid insider approaching these problems with honesty and moral courage' Times Literary Supplement

TRADE

Bolsters trade and environment without saying that World Trade Organisation rules override global environmental treaties. Seen as victory for environmental groups who feared deals such as Kyoto protocol could be undermined. Wealthy countries reaffirmed will to lower trade-distorting subsidies.*

Greening Trade and Investment: Environmental Protection Without ProtectionismEric Neumayer£17.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £16.16Examines the environmental consequences of existing multilateral trade and investment regimes, such as the World Trade Organization and explores whether and how they should be reformed.

GOVERNANCE

Recognise that good governance nationally and internationally is essential for sustainable development. Rich states wanted aid tied to less corruption and more democracy.*

Uniting A Divided City: Governance and Social Exclusion in JohannesburgJo Beall, Owen Crankshaw and Susan Parnell£18.95 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £17.06Investigates pragmatic approaches to urban economic development, service delivery, spatial restructuring, environmental sustainability and institutional reform and explores the conditions and processes that are determining Johannesburg's transformation into a cosmopolitan metropole.

GENERAL

Earthscan displayed a wide range of books that provided practical information on all aspects of the summit. Two of these included:

Protecting The Ozone Layer: The United Nations HistoryStephen O Andersen and K Madhava Sarma£40.00 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £36.00

'The remarkable story of how all countries - rich and poor, capitalist and communist, North and South - joined together against a common enemy: environmental destruction... Celebrate that there is hope. Read this book'Mostafa K Tolba, Under-Secretary General, United Nations, and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, 1976-1992

Breaking New Ground: Mining, Minerals and Sustainable DevelopmentThe Report of the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD)£25.00 (full price), ONLINE DISCOUNT of 10% £22.50

'The MMSD project has set out quite clearly the challenges. It is imperative that we do more to ensure that mining's (environmental) fallout is mitigated and that local communities - in particular the millions of artisanal miners - share in the benefits. The Global Mining Initiative (which initiated MMSD) has mobilized an unprecedented coalition for change and has identified many important issues where cooperation and collective action can make a difference.'Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations

* Cited by Johan, van den Berg, CTH Energy Desk Special Report on the WSSD, adapted from News24For a full list of recommended reading covering all aspects of the Summit visit: Earthscan's Earth Summit microsite - Recommended Reading