Editor's Note

Volume (Issue): Vol.2 No.1
Peer-reviewed Article

This, the second Issue of IRES, offers papers from a diverse group of authors who contributed their insights on a broad range of topics. The issue begins with an essay by Dean James Gustave Speth, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, on the role of the United States in an increasingly globalized world. Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke, Acting President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, contributed an interesting article on the economics of climate policy, which presents findings from his case study of Germany. Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director-General of the Tata Energy Research Institute, wrote an excellent essay about the future of research in sustainable development. Ambassador Amado S. Tolentino, Jr., Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Qatar, provided a thought-provoking article on ways to reap the potential benefits of transborder parks.

This Issue also contains three high-quality, original articles on the topics of corporate citizenship and environmental education, urban environmental infrastructure and the role of networks in environmental education by NGOs. The authors of these articles, Bishnu B. Bhandari and Osamu Abe; Miao Chang, Yong Ren and Hidefumi Imura; and Ko Nomura and Osamu Abe, respectively, present their innovative research and conclusions for the benefit of IRES readers. Yong Ren also contributed a research note on the Japanese experience in environmental management, with some noteworthy suggestions for Asian developing nations. Finally, Yoko Mizuno authored an essay on the UK landfill tax illustrating the potential pitfalls of the use of economic instruments in environmental policy.

In the Book Review section, Prof. Dr. Tongroj Onchan reviews Environment in the 21st Century and New Development Patterns, which presents many of the findings of the New Development Patterns Project from IGES' First Phase. Kimihiko Hyakumura reviews Connect to Nature, which argues that international and regional decision-makers must consider the viewpoint of local agriculture in their negotiations. Glen Paoletto reviews Reconciling Environment and Trade, edited by Edith Brown Weiss and John H. Jackson, which analyzes five issues where trade and the environment have conflicting goals: air pollution, public health, food safety, endangered species protection and biosafety.