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Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries

Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries (Hardback)

By Wijkman, Anders
By Rockstroem, Johan

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This powerful book shows us that we are in deep denial about the magnitude of the global environmental challenges and resource constraints facing the world. Despite growing scientific consensus on major environmental threats as well as resource depletion, societies are largely co...ntinuing with business as usual, at best attempting to tinker at the margins of the problems. The authors argue that even if governments respond to the economic crisis through additional stimulus packages or reduced government spending, environmental and resource constraints will remain. The crisis will be exacerbated by the combination of climate change, ecosystem decline and resource scarcity, in particular crude oil. The concept of Planetary Boundaries is introduced as a powerful explanation for resouce limits. The book breaks the long silence on population, criticizing donor countries for not doing enough to support reproductive health services. It is shown that an economy built on the continuous expansion of material consumption is not sustainable. De-growth, however, is no solution either. The growth dilemma can only be addressed through a transformation of the economic system. A strong plea is made for abandoning GDP growth as the key objective for development. The focus should instead be on a limited number of welfare indicators. The trickle-down concept is seriously questioned, to be replaced by one of sufficiency. Rich countries are called upon to hold back their material growth to leave room for a rising living standard among the poor. Alternative business models are presented, such as moving from products to services or towards a circular economy based on re-use, all with the aim of facilitating sustainable development.
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ISBN 9780415539692
Released NZ 5 Nov 2012
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780415539692
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 5 Nov 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wijkman, Anders
By Rockstroem, Johan
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Management Of Land & Natural Resources
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 17mm
Dewey Code 333.7
Weight 476g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Global environmental change, Environmental policy, Environmental protection
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly