Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity

Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity

by Geoffrey Heal


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Endangered Economies: How the Neglect of Nature Threatens Our Prosperity by Geoffrey Heal

In the decades since Geoffrey Heal began his field-defining work in environmental economics, one central question has animated his research: "Can we save our environment and grow our economy?" This issue has become only more urgent in recent years with the threat of climate change, the accelerating loss of ecosystems, and the rapid industrialization of the developing world. Reflecting on a lifetime of experience not only as a leading voice in the field, but as a green entrepreneur, activist, and advisor to governments and global organizations, Heal clearly and passionately demonstrates that the only way to achieve long-term economic growth is to protect our environment.

Writing both to those conversant in economics and to those encountering these ideas for the first time, Heal begins with familiar concepts, like the tragedy of the commons and unregulated pollution, to demonstrate the underlying tensions that have compromised our planet, damaging and in many cases devastating our natural world. Such destruction has dire consequences not only for us and the environment but also for businesses, which often vastly underestimate their reliance on unpriced natural benefits like pollination, the water cycle, marine and forest ecosystems, and more. After painting a stark and unsettling picture of our current quandary, Heal outlines simple solutions that have already proven effective in conserving nature and boosting economic growth. In order to ensure a prosperous future for humanity, we must understand how environment and economy interact and how they can work in harmony—lest we permanently harm both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231180849
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,240,972
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Geoffrey Heal is Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at the Columbia Business School. His recent books include When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line (Columbia, 2008) and Nature and the Marketplace: Capturing the Value of Ecosystem Services (2000), as well as numerous scholarly articles on the subject of environmental economics.

Table of Contents

1. Environment and Economy—No Conflict
2. Market Mistakes and How Unpaid-for External Effects Are Killing Us
3. Climate Change: "The Greatest External Effect in Human History"
4. How to Deal with External Effects
5. Solving the Climate Problem
6. Everyone's Property Is No One's Property
7. Natural Capital: Taken for Granted but Not Counted
8. Valuing Natural Capital
9. Measuring What Matters
10. The Next Steps

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