The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

by Paul Collier
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195395255

ISBN-13: 9780195395259

Pub. Date: 05/11/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion was greeted as groundbreaking when it appeared in 2007, winning the Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. Now, in The Plundered Planet, Collier builds upon his renowned work on developing countries and the world's poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of

Overview

Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion was greeted as groundbreaking when it appeared in 2007, winning the Estoril Distinguished Book Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, and the Lionel Gelber Prize. Now, in The Plundered Planet, Collier builds upon his renowned work on developing countries and the world's poorest populations to confront the global mismanagement of natural resources.

Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: natural resources have the potential either to transform the poorest countries or to tear them apart, while the carbon emissions and agricultural follies of the developed world could further impoverish them. The Plundered Planet charts a course between unchecked profiteering on the one hand and environmental romanticism on the other to offer realistic and sustainable solutions to dauntingly complex issues.

Grounded in a belief in the power of informed citizens, Collier proposes a series of international standards that would help poor countries rich in natural assets better manage those resources, policy changes that would raise world food supply, and a clear-headed approach to climate change that acknowledges the benefits of industrialization while addressing the need for alternatives to carbon trading. Revealing how all of these forces interconnect, The Plundered Planet charts a way forward to avoid the mismanagement of the natural world that threatens our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195395259
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Natural Disorder
Part I: Boom at the Bottom
1. Going, Going, Gone
2. The Scramble for Africa, Mark 2
3. Bonanza: Hunky Dory or Humpty Dumpty?
Part II: Slash and Burn
4. The Breakdown of Custodianship
Part III: How Growth Creates Hunger
5. Carbon Emissions and the Decline in Food Supply
6. Asian Growth and the Increase in Food Demand
Part IV: Restoring Natural Order
7. Handing the Planet On
8. Facing the Food Crisis
9. Old Morality and New Romanticism
Conclusions
Notes
Index

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