International environmental threats have commanded widespread attention since the late 1960s. A number of environmental disasters have galvanized public concern, and have reached the international political agenda following the emergence of environmental social movements in the industrialized countries. To a large extent the study of environmental issues preceeded much of the current concern with globalization. The international environmental politics literature anticipated many of the descriptive features of globalization and the themes commonly used to analyze the political and economic forces associated with globalization. This work addresses these issues and is intended as a reference source for courses and analysts in international environmental politics and globalization. The editor has selected those previously published articles which are seminal in the development of this new field and which have either generated widespread debate or represent a clear application of major approaches to the understanding of these new issues. He has also provided an authoritative introduction to complement his selection.