Can We Afford the Future?: The Economics of a Warming World [NOOK Book]

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According to many scientists, climate change is a growing threat to life as we know it, requiring a large-scale, immediate response. According to many economists, climate change is a moderately important problem; the best policy is a slow, gradual start, to avoid spending too much. They can't both be right.
In this book, Frank Ackerman offers a refreshing look at the economics of climate change, explaining how the arbitrary assumptions of conventional theories get in the way of...
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Can We Afford the Future?: The Economics of a Warming World

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Overview

According to many scientists, climate change is a growing threat to life as we know it, requiring a large-scale, immediate response. According to many economists, climate change is a moderately important problem; the best policy is a slow, gradual start, to avoid spending too much. They can't both be right.
In this book, Frank Ackerman offers a refreshing look at the economics of climate change, explaining how the arbitrary assumptions of conventional theories get in the way of understanding this urgent problem. The benefits of climate protection are vital but priceless, and hence often devalued in cost-benefit calculations. Preparation for the most predictable outcomes of global warming is less important than protection against the growing risk of catastrophic change; massive investment in new, low carbon technologies and industries should be thought of as life insurance for the planet. Ackerman makes an impassioned plea to construct a better economics, arguing that the solutions are affordable and the alternative is unthinkable. If we can't afford the future, what are we saving our money for? Can we Afford the Future? is part of The New Economics series, which uses the ideas behind a new, more human economics to provide a fresh way of looking at major contemporary issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848134973
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Series: The New Economics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 651 KB

Meet the Author

Frank Ackerman is a research fellow at Global Development and Environment Institute and a senior scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute-US Centre, both at Tufts University. He is a founding member of Economists for Equity and Environment (E3) and a member scholar of the Centre for Progressive Reform. He has directed major policy studies for organizations ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament. He has written numerous academic and popular articles on the economics of climate change, energy and environmental policy. His previous books include Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution, and (with Lisa Heinzerling) Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing.

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Table of Contents

1 The status quo is not an option 1

2 Your grandchildren's lives are important 15

3 We need to buy insurance for the planet 28

4 Climate damages are too valuable to have prices 41

5 Some costs are better than others 55

6 Hot, it's not: climate economics according to Lomborg 70

7 Much less wrong: the Stern Review versus its critics 82

8 Climate, equity, and development 97

9 What is to be done? 113

Notes 133

References 140

Index 146

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