Examining one of the most crucial issues in the modern world: human induced climate change, here Clive Spash provides a refreshing interdisciplinary perspective, pulling together strands of natural science, economics and ethics. Described by John Gowdy as ‘the best exposition to date on the political economy of climate policy’, this remarkable volume poses serious questions and gives intelligent answers. The issues it addresses are relevant to a range of environmental problems, and it covers themes such as:
By rigorously examining international and governmental sources, and key contemporary issues, Spash provides an up-to-date and informative analysis. A well-organized study (including a glossary and helpful acronym list), this book will be of strong interest to students and academics in the fields of ecological and environmental economics, and is essential reading for all those to whom climate change is a professional or personal concern.
1. Climate Change: Introducing some of the issues 2. Scientific Understanding of the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect 3. Impacts of Global Climate Change 4. Weak Uncertainty: Risk and imperfect information 5. Strong Uncertainty: Ignorance and indeterminacy 6. Calculating the Cost and Benefits of GHG Control 7. Loading the Dice? Values, opinions and ethics 8. Dividing Time and Discounting the Future 9. Economics, Ethics and Future Generations 10. Science, Economics and Policy
Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.