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NEW MODELS FOR ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The Desertec concept is not, in itself, a solution to the problems of climate change, overpopulation, and more. It is just one plank in the set of policies that will be needed to move the world towards sustainable living. This page details a selection of books and other sources that describe some of the possibilities:

  • Kyoto2, Oliver Tickell, Zed Books, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-1848130258. See also www.kyoto2.org. Decribes a worldwide system for controlling emissions of greenhouse gases and raising the funds needed to tackle the causes and consequences of climate change.
  • Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Jefferey Sachs, Allen Lane, 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0-713-99919-8. How the world may move towards sustainable living, including an analysis of population issues.
  • Capitalism as if the World Matters, Jonathon Porritt, Earthscan Ltd, 2005, ISBN-13: 978-1844071920. Economics that takes account of the need to protect the environment and other non-financial forms of capital.
  • The Limits to Growth, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis. L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III, London and Sydney: Pan Books, 1974, ISBN 0 330 24169 9. Classic study of the things that will put a cap on the growth of the human population and its economic development.
  • Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows, London: Earthscan, 2005, ISBN: 978-1-84407-144-9. An update of the original classic study.
  • Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations, Second Edition, Andrew Simms, London: Pluto Press, 2009, ISBN 978 0 7453 2727 3 pb. Argues persuasively that the human tribe has overdrawn its environmental account with the planet and that, contrary to the conventional view, rich countries are in debt to poor countries. The book contains constructive ideas about how to solve these problems.

Last updated: 2009-08-20 (ISO 8601)