Item description for Scarcity and Growth Revisited : Natural Resources and the Environment in the New Millennium (Resources for the Future) by Robert U. Ayres R. David Simpson Michael A. Toman...
"An excellent book. The editors are to be congratulated for assembling an impressive group of contributors, for framing the topic just right, and for making the volume coherent and fluent. Its strength is in giving the historical perspective and showing that the different views have a basis in both fact and theory."---Scott Barrett, Johns Hopkins University "A popular theme that won't go away. The book includes interesting new topics and reflects the analytical progress that the discipline of economics has made in the last two decades. The variety exhibited by the papers will also make the book useful for an audience extending beyond economics; for example, to public affairs."---Gardner Brown, University of Washington In this volume, a group of distinguished international scholars provides a fresh investigation of the most fundamental issues involved in our dependence on natural resources. In Scarcity and Growth (1963) and Scarcity and Growth Reconsidered (1979), researchers considered the long-term implications of resource scarcity for economic growth and human well-being. Scarcity and Growth Revisited examines these implications with 25 years of new learning and experience. It finds that concerns about resource scarcity have changed in essential ways. In contrast with the earlier preoccupation with the adequacy of fuel, mineral, and agricultural resources and the efficiency by which they are allocated, the greatest concern today is about the Earth's limited capacity to handle the environmental consequences of resource extraction and use. Opinion among scholars is divided on the ability of technological innovation to ameliorate this "new scarcity." However, even the book's more optimistic authors agree that the problems will not be successfully overcome without significant advances in the legal, financial and other social institutions that protect the environment and support technical innovation. Scarcity and Growth Revisited incorporates expert perspectives from the physical and life sciences, as well as economics. It includes issues confronting the developing world as well as advanced industrialized societies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher Resources for the Future
ISBN 1933115106 ISBN13 9781933115108
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