Environmental Debt

The Hidden Costs of A Changing Global Economy
Larkin, Amy (Book)
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Environmental Debt

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An award-winning environmental activist reveals the essential role of conservation in economic success, comparing the costs of artificial environmental controls naturally performed by mature trees while calling for governments, businesses and consumers to identify the money-saving contributions of the natural world.

McMillan Palgrave

An award-winning environmental activist and social entrepreneur exposes the link between our financial and environmental crises

For decades, politicians and business leaders alike told the American public that today’s challenge was growing the economy, and that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Now in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with coastal devastation from Hurricane Sandy, rampant wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from reckless drilling, it’s becoming increasingly clear that yesterday’s carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions.

Amy Larkin has been at the forefront of the fight for the environment for years, and in Environmental Debt she argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution and other forms of “environmental debt” are wreaking havoc on the economy. Synthesizing complex ideas, she pulls back the curtain on some of the biggest cultural touchstones of the environmental debate, revealing how, for instance, despite coal’s relative fame as a “cheap” energy source, ordinary Americans pay $350 billion a year for coal’s damage in business related expenses, polluted watersheds, and in healthcare costs. And the problem stretches far beyond our borders: deforestation from twenty years ago in Thailand caused catastrophic flooding in 2011, and cost Toyota 3.4 percent of its annual production while causing tens of thousands of workers to lose jobs in three different countries.

To combat these trends, Larkin proposes a new framework for 21st century commerce, based on three principles: 1) Pollution can no longer be free; 2) All business decision making and accounting must incorporate the long view; and 3) Government must play a vital role in catalyzing clean technology and growth while preventing environmental destruction. As companies and nations struggle to strategize in the face of global financial debt, many businesses have begun to recognize the causal relationship between a degraded environment and a degraded bottom line. Profiling the multinational corporations that are transforming their operations with downright radical initiatives, Larkin presents smart policy choices that would actually unleash these business solutions to many global financial and environmental problems.

Provocative and hard-hitting, Environmental Debt sweeps aside the false choices of today’s environmental debate, and shows how to revitalize the economy through nature’s bounty.

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Reveals the role of conservation in economic success, comparing the costs of artificial environmental controls naturally performed by mature trees while calling on governments to identify the money-saving contributions of nature.

Authors: Larkin, Amy
Statement of Responsibility: Amy Larkin
Title: Environmental debt
the hidden costs of a changing global economy
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xii, 244 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-232) and index
Contents: A framework for twenty-first-century commerce
Environmental debt
The quest for true profits
Courage : high risk, high reward
Moving beyond fossil fuels : the public, private and individual sectors
Extreme weather and the food/water/energy nexus
The cutting edge of innovation : in the lab, the executive suite, the halls of Congress and the Patent Office
Why don't we? : a transition agenda
Subject Headings: Technological innovations Environmental aspects Renewable energy sources Economic policy Economic development Environmental aspects
Topical Term: Technological innovations
Renewable energy sources
Economic policy
Economic development
LCCN: 2012047885
ISBN: 1137278552
Branch Call Number: 333.7 L
Research Call Number: JBE 13-1017
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Jul 01, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Out-of-the-box thinking?!?!? No way! Just the same old use capitalism to save the environment and capitalism nonsense. Sorry, but this lady is confused and confusing, and her so-called out-of-the-box thinking is the same old mumbo jumbo from Wall Street [sad to say, Greenpeace does receive contributions from the Rockefeller Foundation, so this might be expected]. Win-win scenarios are a perversion from Harvard's B School.


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