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Sustainability for a Warming Planet

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$49.50 • £39.95 • €44.50

ISBN 9780674744097

Publication Date: 06/08/2015


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 graphs, 2 charts, 27 tables


Sustainability for a Warming Planet is a must read for economists focusing on climate change and for any scholars interested in discussing new paths to sustainability, to limiting global warming, and to preventing its dramatic consequences for humanity.—Mitja Stefancic, Journal of Economic Issues

Sustainability for a Warming Planet is…an intelligent and original analysis of the economic and philosophical issues underlying the climate problem. It concludes that we can meet the world’s two-degree Celsius target while continuing to grow and meet international political constraints, which is both encouraging and an implicit call to action.—Geoffrey Heal, Journal of Economic Literature

The book is scientifically rigorous as it is based on a series of peer-reviewed publications. It is very transparent as all assumptions are made explicit and explained and it even provides the entire code for the numerical analysis. It is accessibly and carefully written as it builds up the argument from scratch and presents a simplified version of the model to build up the intuition. All this might be expected from such an accomplished team of authors. It also is, however, constructive, original and bold.—Gregor Schwerhoff, Journal of Economics

The authors provide a normative approach to global warming that they call sustainability. It consists in finding an economic path that, while satisfying environmental and other constraints, would maintain human welfare for all future generations. They also explain why the current discounted utilitarian approach is unsatisfactory. The book has many original arguments expressed in a clear, logical structure. It should be required reading for graduate students in public economics.—Phillipe De Donder, Toulouse School of Economics

This book should be of great interest to economists working in the field of climate change, particularly those who would like to explore alternatives to the dominant paradigm of discounted utilitarianism. Rejecting that paradigm, the authors evaluate climate policy using sustainability criteria, requiring either that future generations have the same level of utility as earlier generations or that utility grows by at least a fixed rate.—Larry S. Karp, University of California, Berkeley

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