Just a quick heads up on a couple of new publications out on trade and environment.
1. Moss et al have a new book out on agricultural globalization trade and the environment. More info here:
It includes information on the operation of the tariff-rate quotas established under the Uruguay Round Agreement, the implications of sanitary and phytosanitary restrictions on trade, and the growing controversy over genetically modified organisms. In addition, several chapters analyze the interaction between agricultural trade and environmental concerns. Put simply, if you are interested in trade and environment from an agricultural standpoint, give this one a look (official publication date April 30th).
2. Per Kågeson has a book out called “Growth Versus the Environment – Is There a Trade-Off?”
This book relates the analysis of present-day problems and trends (1960-2010) to clearly defined long-term objectives based on the concept of sustainable development. It covers the use of non-renewable resources in the OECD countries in a global perspective, while the regional environmental impact of economic growth is discussed in a European context. The book also includes an analysis of the potential conflict between pollution abatement costs and economic growth.
This one, to me at least, is especially interesting because of a discussion in it on inserting climate goals within regional trade agreements, given their proliferation – especially bilateral – in the international trading system.
4. Rounding things off, James K.R. Watson, has a new book out called “The WTO and the Environment: Development of Competence Beyond Trade“. This book is a review of the development of the WTO dispute resolution procedure and the power and influence it has gained over the practises of the member countries as well as in other international treaties. The book addresses the development of environmental competency in the WTO and examines the arguments of those who oppose WTO rule making with impacts on the environment. The book also includes an interesting discussion on the WTO-MEA interface and provides some specific policy recommendations for moving forward.