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Can We Afford the Future?: Deciphering Climate Economics

By: Frank Ackerman

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Paperback | Oct 2008 | #175610 | ISBN-13: 9781848130388
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Hardback | Oct 2008 | #175611 | ISBN-13: 9781848130371
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In this book, Frank Ackerman offers a refreshing look at the economics of climate change, explaining how the arbitrary assumptions of conventional theories get in the way of understanding this urgent problem. The benefits of climate protection are vital but priceless, and hence often devalued in cost-benefit calculations. Preparation for the most predictable outcomes of global warming is less important than protection against the growing risk of catastrophic change; massive investment in new, low carbon technologies and industries should be thought of as life insurance for the planet.

Ackerman makes an impassioned plea to construct a better economics, arguing that the solutions are affordable and the alternative is unthinkable. If we can't afford the future, what are we saving our money for? "Can we Afford the Future?" is part of "The New Economics" series, which uses the ideas behind a new, more human economics to provide a fresh way of looking at major contemporary issues.


Acknowledgments1. The Status Quo is Not an Option2. Your Grandchildren's Lives are Important3. We Need to Buy Insurance for the Planet4. Climate Damages are too Valuable to Have Prices5. Some Costs are Better than Others6. Hot, it's Not: Climate Economics According to Lomberg7. Much Less Wrong: The Stern Review vs its Critics8. Climate, Equity and Development9. What is to be Done? NotesReferencesIndex

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Frank Ackerman is a research fellow at Global Development and Environment Institute and a senior scientist at Stockholm Environment Institute-US Centre, both at Tufts University. He is a founding member of Economists for Equity and Environment (E3) and a member scholar of the Centre for Progressive Reform. He has directed major policy studies for organizations ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament. He has written numerous academic and popular articles on the economics of climate change, energy and environmental policy. His previous books include Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution, and (with Lisa Heinzerling) Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing.

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