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Ecological Debt

Ecological Debt

Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations

Andrew Simms







How much do you owe the environment?

Millions of people in the West are running up huge ecological debts: from the amount of oil and coal that we burn to heat our houses and run our cars, to what we consume and the waste that we create, the impact of our lifestyles is felt worldwide.

Whilst these debts go unpaid, millions more living in poverty in the majority world suffer the burden of paying dubious foreign financial debts. Ecological Debt explores this great paradox of our age. Highlighting how and why this has happened, it also shows what can be done differently in the future.

Now updated throughout, this is a passionate account of the steps we can take to stop pushing the planet to the point of environmental bankruptcy.

Andrew Simms is an analyst, campaigner and co-director of the New Weather Institute. He is a research associate at the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and Fellow at the New Economics Foundation. Over several years he has written groundbreaking reports on issues ranging from debt, trade, aid, and big business, to biotechnology and climate change. He is the author of Ecological Debt (Pluto, 2005).

'A master at progressive thinking' - New Scientist

'An ebullient driving force,' listed as one of the UK's top environmentalists by the <em>Independent on Sunday</em> - Independent on Sunday

'(A) leading industry observer' - Financial Times

'Creative and compelling' - Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian

'Essential reading' - R K Pachauri, Ph.D, Director-General, TERI, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

'A new phrase has entered the language' - Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

'This book describes the world as it really is. ... Read it, find out who really owes what to whom' - Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth

1. A Short Walk to Venus
2. The Chemist's Warning: a Short History of Global Warming
3. The Heaven Bursters: Tuvalu and the Fate of Nations
4. The Great Reversal of Human Progress
5. Ecological Debt
6. The Carbon Debt
7. Rationalising Self-destruction (Or Why People Are More Stupid Than Frogs)
8. The Car Park at the End of the World
9. Pay Back Time: the Law, Climate Change and Ecological Debt
10. Data for the Doubtful: the Lessons of War Economies
11. The New Adjustment
12. Minerva's Owl
13. In the Footsteps of Stanley
14. Tick Tock Climate Clock
15. The Duck's Choice
16. How to Live on an Island
Published by Pluto Press in Feb 2009
Paperback ISBN: 9780745327273
eBook ISBN: 9781783710591

336 pages

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