Ecological Debt

Ecological Debt : Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 399.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 12 photos, 3 figures
  • 0745327273
  • 9780745327273
  • 950,009

About Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is policy director of nef (new economics foundation) the award winning independent British think-and-do tank. He went to the London School of Economics, led campaigns for several major aid and development agencies and was one of the original organisers of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign. He is a regular commentator in the national press and broadcast media, and is on the board of Greenpeace UK and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Europe. Over several years he has written groundbreaking reports on issues ranging from debt, trade, aid, and big business, to biotechnology, and climate change.
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Table of contents



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


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Review quote

'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 'A new phrase has entered the language' -- Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop 'Essential reading' -- R K Pachauri, Ph.D, Director-General, TERI, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 'Creative and compelling' -- Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, Guardian '(A) leading industry observer' -- Financial Times 'An ebullient driving force,' listed as one of the UK's top environmentalists by the Independent on Sunday -- Independent on Sunday 'A master at progressive thinking' -- New Scientist
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