This book comes at a time when the world is confronted by one of the greatest challenges—the problem of environmental degradation.
A collection of articles by renowned economists, scientists, and environmentalists, this book shows that while the state of the environment is intricately linked to economic development, the matter is in fact far more complex. One of the best-known connections is the Environmental Kuznet’s Curve hypothesis, the limitations of which, both empirically and theoretically, are dealt with in the early part of the book. This is followed by a discussion on the shortcomings of the Kyoto Protocol and the particular problem of green house gasses.
The other issues covered are:
1. Introduction: Environment and Development 2. Environmental Consequences of Liberalisation in Small Open Economies 3. Institutional Evolution and the Environmental Kuznets Curve 4. Environmental Degradation: Bridging the Gap in EKC Literature 5. Disentangling the Climate-Development Gordian Knot: Towards an Integrated Blueprint 6. A Future for the Kyoto Protocol? 7. Estimating Environmentally Sustainable Industrial Development: A Study of Thermal Power Generation 8. Sustainable Development and Public Goods 9. Smallholders and the Forest Logging Industry in the Brazilian Amazon10. Bio-diesel as Alternative Fuel 11. The Jevon’s Paradox and the Evolution of Complex Adaptive Systems