The Environment: Volume 26, Part 2: Philosophy and Policy

The Environment: Volume 26, Part 2: Philosophy and Policy

by Ellen Frankel Paul
     
 

Modern industrial societies have achieved a level of economic prosperity undreamed of in earlier times, but on the view of the contemporary environmental movement, this prosperity has come at the cost of serious degradations to the natural world. For environmental advocates, problems such as resource depletion, air and water pollution, global warming, and the loss

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Modern industrial societies have achieved a level of economic prosperity undreamed of in earlier times, but on the view of the contemporary environmental movement, this prosperity has come at the cost of serious degradations to the natural world. For environmental advocates, problems such as resource depletion, air and water pollution, global warming, and the loss of biodiversity represent dire threats to the well-being of human societies and the planet itself. But just how serious are these threats, and how should we go about confronting them? Do environmental problems call for more extensive governmental controls over industrial activity, energy policy, and the like, or is it possible to find solutions by harnessing the incentives of the free market?

The essays in this collection address these questions and explore related issues. Some of the essays examine how markets and property rights can be used to manage natural resources or regulate harmful emissions. Some look at the basic relationship between human beings and the natural world, asking whether human technology should be viewed as a part of nature or as something alien to it. Other essays address the current controversy over global warming, seeking to determine whether alleged anthropogenic changes in the Earth's climate justify extending governmental controls over industry, agriculture, and energy production, or whether economic freedom and innovation can help us to ameliorate and adapt to changes in climate, whether natural or man-made. Still other essays examine the role of government in preserving threatened or endangered species, or in regulating new technologies such as genetic engineering.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521139748
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Series:
Social Philosophy and Policy Series, #26
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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