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Greenhouse economics : value and ethics

Author: Clive L Spash
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Series: Routledge explorations in environmental economics, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examining the serious nature of global warming, this work explores the responsibilities the late-20th century generation might have to its successors, and how this should influence our economic  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clive L Spash
ISBN: 0415127181 9780415127189
OCLC Number: 50926083
Description: xvi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: 1. Climate change: introducing some of the issues --
Air pollution and the modern economy --
Economic understanding of pollution --
The scientific problem --
A brief historical overview of developing awareness of the enhanced Greenhouse Effect --
Values and ethical concerns --
2. Scientific understanding of the enhanced Greenhouse Effect --
Global climatic patterns --
Sources and sinks of greenhouse gases --
Greenhouse gas emission trends --
Past and future trends in global climate --
3. Impacts of global climate change --
Regional impacts of greenhouse warming --
Intertemporal impacts of global warming --
4. Weak uncertainty: risk and imperfect information --
The probability of the enhanced Greenhouse Effect --
Measuring and predicting climatic change --
The role of modelling --
5. Strong uncertainty: ignorance and indeterminacy --
Characterising future events --
Economic use of weak uncertainty --
How weak is weak uncertainty? --
From weak to strong uncertainty --
The changing perception of science --
6. Calculating the cost and benefits of GHG control --
The theory behind economic assessment --
Studies using cost-benefit analysis --
7. Loading the dice? Values, opinions and ethics --
Inconsistency and disputed values --
Strong uncertainty revisited --
8. Dividing time and discounting the future --
Discounting the future --
Can the future be treated as less important? --
9. Economics, ethics and future generations --
Intergenerational ethical rules --
Distinguishing basic and compensatory transfers --
Harm and trade-offs --
Rights versus consequences --
Conflicting values and moral dilemmas --
10. Science, economics and policy --
Science and political economy --
Choices and decisions --
Redefining economic inquiry --
Performances, value and time.
Series Title: Routledge explorations in environmental economics, 1.
Responsibility: Clive L. Spash.
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