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By Cheryl Desha, Charlie Hargroves, Michael Harrison Smith, Pachauri Rajendra, Kenneth Ruffing, Gro Harlem Brundtland

ISBN-10: 184407529X

ISBN-13: 9781844075294

Cents and Sustainability is a clear-sighted reaction to the 1987 name via Dr Gro Brundtland in Our universal destiny to accomplish a brand new period of financial development that's 'forceful and while socially and environmentally sustainable'. The Brundtland record argued that not just was once it attainable, yet that it used to be an pressing principal on the way to in attaining a transition to sustainable improvement whereas considerably lowering poverty and riding 'clean and eco-friendly' funding. With a few nonetheless arguing for considerably slowing monetary progress with a view to lessen pressures at the atmosphere, this new ebook, Cents and Sustainability, indicates that it really is attainable to reconcile the necessity for financial progress and environmental sustainability via a method to decouple financial progress from environmental pressures, mixed with a renewed dedication to accomplish major environmental recovery and poverty aid. starting with a short assessment of a few of the main urgent environmental demanding situations of our time, the booklet then explains 'decoupling theory', overviews a few elements that could undermine or even block efforts to decouple in either built and constructing nations, after which discusses a couple of key concerns to aid the improvement of nationwide 'decoupling strategies'. The publication then specializes in proposing proof to aid higher motion, not only on weather swap, but additionally on decoupling financial development from the lack of biodiversity and the deterioration of typical structures, freshwater extraction, waste construction, and pollution. within the lead as much as the 2012 United countries Earth Summit and past, Cents and Sustainability could be a vital consultant to notify and support countries to enhance thoughts to noticeably lessen environmental pressures, develop their economic climate, create jobs and decrease poverty. 'I commend the group from The normal part venture and their companions for project to increase a reaction to 'Our universal destiny' to mark its twentieth anniversary.' Dr Gro Brundtland. Sequel to The usual benefit of international locations released with The usual part venture

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1997) ‘Economic growth and human well-being’, in Hamilton, C. and Diesendorf, M. (eds) Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp99–124. 22 Also, when industrialized nations have had periods of slow or negative economic growth, this has lowered levels of tax revenue to government thus reducing government’s capacity to fund overseas development aid and environmental sustainability initiatives. 23 Diamond, J. (2006) Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Random House, pp515–516.

As with The Natural Edge Project’s previous publications, The Natural Advantage of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century and Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity, this new book is a tremendous achievement and a timely and important contribution. I commend it as essential reading for anyone who is concerned with long-term sustainability and prosperity. Ours is the first generation which has the potential to drive the world’s climate and many of its ecosystems past irreversible tipping points through our pollution and environmental pressures.

It thus addresses a number of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Ultimately, environmental pressures can be reduced only be reducing the level of output (negative economic growth) or by transforming the economic processes that underpin growth in such a way as to reduce the pressures (emissions of pollutants, greenhouse gases and destructive use of natural resources) per unit of output. Since buoyant economic growth is a necessary, but by no means sufficient condition, for achieving most of the goals, the former is not an option.

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