The Future of the Environment: Ecological Economics and Technological Change by Faye Duchin

The Future of the Environment: Ecological Economics and Technological Change

byFaye Duchin, Glenn-Marie Lange

Hardcover | January 1, 1989

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One of the most important and complex problems facing both developing and industrialized nations is how to sustain economic growth without harming the environment. Faye Duchin and Glenn-Marie Lange address this issue in a practical and realistic way: through a detailed evaluation of thewell-known approach to sustainable development outlined in the Brundtland Report, Our Common Future. Taking issue with the Brundtland Report's optimistic and widely accepted assumptions, the authors show that the positive effects of recycling, increased fuel-efficiency, and other technological adjustments will not go far enough to provide for truly sustainable development in the long term. Througha new, broad-based empirical analysis, they argue that unless there are significant changes in lifestyles and the use of technologies, continued environmental degradation cannot be avoided. They warn that the trend of making only slight adjustments in the use of technologies, while feasible from aneconomic point of view for industrialized nations, will undoubtedly lead to further environmental damage. In addition to offering a clear and unflinching look at what development is really doing to the global environment, the unique conceptual framework developed for this analysis provides an invaluable basis for analysis for the new, multidisciplinary field of ecological economics. Duchin and Langedescribe how this new methodology will enable economists and policy-makers to evaluate our options for the future, and choose those that most effectively reduce environmental degradation and achieve sustainable development. The book will appeal to economists, environmental scientists and activists,policy analysts, and ecologists, as well as the general reader with an interest in the sustainable development of our environment.

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Faye Duchin is Director of the Institute for Economic Analysis at New York University and Vice President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Glenn-Marie Lange is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Economic Analysis at New York University.

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Title:The Future of the Environment: Ecological Economics and Technological ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.53 × 6.38 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195085744

ISBN - 13:9780195085747

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One of the most important and complex challenges facing both developing and industrialized nations is whether they can sustain economic growth without harming the environment. In this timely study, Faye Duchin and Glenn-Marie Lange address this issue in a practical and realistic way: through a detailed evaluation of the well-known approach to sustainable development outlined in the Brundtland Report, Our Common Future. In addition to offering a clear and unflinching look at what development is really doing to the global environment, the unique conceptual framework developed for this analysis provides an invaluable basis for analysis for the new, multidisciplinary field of ecological economics. Duchin and Lange describe how this new methodology will enable economists and policy-makers to evaluate our options for the future and choose those that most effectively reduce environmental degradation and may enable us to achieve sustainable development.

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"The book will become a landmark contribution to ecological economics. It poses insightful and far-reaching questions, yet is grounded firmly in a rigorous theoretical and empirical framework. These qualities are distinctly absent from many environmental analyses and prescriptions for'sustainable development'."--Cutler J. Cleveland, Boston University