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Ecological Limits and Economic Development

Ramprasad Sengupta

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ISBN 10: 0198081650 / ISBN 13: 9780198081654
Published by Oxford University Press, 2013
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Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Economic theory and ecological limits. 3. Concept of sustainable development: macroeconomic resource and income accounting. 4. Biosphere and ecosystems. 5. Ecological footprint. 6. Human system: population development and environment. 7. India's human settlement and micro living environment. 8. Land use and land degradation. 9. Water resources. 10. Forests. 11. Biodiversity. 12. Energy. 13. Non-energy materials recycling and wastes. 14. Global warming and climate change. 15. Overcoming ecological limits: roles of knowledge human capital human values and institutions. References. Index. The relationship between human civilization and nature is complex. It has been exacerbated in the present times by the continued transformation and utilization of predominantly exhaustive resources to attain economic prosperity. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the role of ecological constraints in limiting development and examines how this can be overcome in a sustainable manner. Combining a behavioural analysis of resource dynamics with normative policy discussions of their sustainable use, it explores the linkages between the biosphere and economic systems. The book engages with a wide range of contemporary development issues both at the conceptual as well as at the applied level, especially in the Indian context: How policies can address expansion of scale due to ecological limits and the issue of equitable sharing of resources. The role of scientific knowledge, technology social norms, and culture in creating and expanding the space for economic development. The interactive dynamics of population, economic growth, and use and distribution of major natural resources land and soil, water, forests, biodiversity, energy and non-energy resources. The issue of global warming and climate change. This book is a definitive guide for students and scholars of environmental economics and development studies. It is also a must-read for environmental activists, policymakers and development agencies. (jacket). Bookseller Inventory # 110264

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Title: Ecological Limits and Economic Development

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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This book presents a comprehensive coverage of the role of ecological constraints in limiting the availability of natural resources for economic development. It discusses in detail the notion of sustainable development, the concept of ecological footprints, and population theory. It also analyses how the development of technology, policies, and institutions can relax these constraints in the context of major resources. The analytical discussion is carried out both at the conceptual and theoretical level and also at the applied level in the context of Indian development.

Addressing challenges arising from ecological limits, the book engages with the dynamics of and policies for conservation of an entire range of major resources-land and soil, water, forests, biodiversity, energy, non-energy, material, and waste absorption. It identifies the role of knowledge, values, human capital, and institutions in overcoming nature's constraints. This book has a good potential to be used as a supplementary reader in universities offering courses on environment and economics.

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Ramprasad Sengupta is Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair Professor of Planning and Development, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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