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Resolving the Climate Change Crisis

The Ecological Economics of Climate Change

  • Offers a unique ecological economics approach to climate change

  • Sets the climate change crisis in a sustainable development (steady-state economic) context

  • Simulates and compares a ‘sustainable’ scenario and a ‘growth-as-usual’ scenario

  • Shows why climate change damage costs and mitigation costs have been grossly underestimated

  • Demonstrates the superiority of emissions-trading systems over tax-based systems

  • Outlines a realistic emissions protocol and emissions-trading framework to help resolve the climate change crisis


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Ecological Economics, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Alternative Perspectives of the Climate Change Crisis

  4. A Way Forward and the Road to Sustainable Development

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 561-628

About this book


This book explains why the climate change crisis is a symptom of a much larger underlying problem – namely, humankind’s predilection with continuous GDP-growth. Given this starting point, the world’s high-income nations must begin the transition to a qualitatively-improving steady-state economy and low-income nations must follow suit at some stage over the next 20-40 years. Unless they do, a well-designed emissions protocol will be as useless as the paper it is written on.

Adopting an ecological economic approach, this book sets out why we must abandon the goal of continuous growth; how we can do so in a way that improves human well-being; what constitutes a safe atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases; and what type of emissions protocol and emissions-trading framework is likely to achieve a desirable climate change outcome. Failure of the world’s leaders to achieve these goals will not only put future human well-being at risk, it will threaten freedom in the liberal-democratic tradition and international peace.


Climate Change Crisis Ecological Economics Steady-State Economy Emissions-Trading System Common but Differentiated Convergence Global Emissions Protocol

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleNSWAustralia

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