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Proper stewardship of natural assets and liabilities is a matter of planetary urgency: natural ...
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.
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