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Blueprint 6: For a Sustainable Economy (Blueprint Series) [Paperback]

David Pearce , Edward B. Barbier

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1 Feb 2000 Blueprint Series
Ten years ago, Blueprint for a Green Economy made front-page news. Its central message, that environmental problems have their roots in economic 'failures', served to change the direction of environmental policy. The goal of sustainable development was seen to be illusory unless an economic perspective was brought to bear on the issue. A decade on, two of the original authors, David Pearce and Ed Barbier, return to the original theme to see what has changed. They find that the picture has improved, with governments worldwide now talking the language of environmental economics and making steps towards an economics-based environmental policy. However, there is a long way to go and Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy maps out the agenda again, with special reference this time to developing country problems where the neglect of environmental quality is costing nations dear. The authors show that their original formulation of the meaning of sustainable development has flourished into whole theories of how to achieve sustainability and how to measure a sustainable path for modern economies. They also show that all the principles applicable to a nation, or to the world as a whole, are equally applicable to corporations. Here is a blueprint for the start of the century.

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'A worthy read.' -Business Strategy and the Environment.

'The book is an excellent 'field guide' to the main issues in developing a more sustainable future.' -John Dixon, Lead Environmental Economist, the World Bank.

'Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy demonstrates that when economics is properly applied, it offers some of the most powerful tools for achieving sustainability.' -Amory B Lovins, Co-Founder, and CEO (Research), Rocky Mountain Institute.

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'This new book covers all major areas of the sustainability debate and provides rich case study examples.'
John Dixon, Lead Environmental Economist, the World Bank

'The major finding is that both rich and poor countries have done much to implement the ideas and policies they recommended. This new volume is a welcome start to the 21st century’s environment agenda.'
Professor Gordon Conway, President, the Rockefeller Foundation

‘...a readable and robust presentation and defence of the economic approach to solving the problems of sustainable development……a highly recommended read’
THE BUSINESS ECONOMIST, Vol. 31 No. 3

‘…well written and referenced text…the arguments are cogent…a welcome addition to the literature on sustainable development.’
PROGRESS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 2

‘…maps out the agenda with special reference to developing-country problems…shows how the original formulation of the meaning of sustainable development has flourished into while theories of how to achieve sustainability.’
INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENT (IEMA), July 2000

‘the latest offering from these two established authors contains useful information helpful, summaries and new ideas’
ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C: GOVERNMENT AND POLICY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 5 Mar 2010
By S. Fortune - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended for a Sustainable Economics course I did. Covers sustainability topics in an easy to read fashion. Very educational and enjoyable.
5.0 out of 5 stars ecological economics of sustainable economy 28 Dec 2013
By V.H. Amavilah - Published on Amazon.com
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“Blueprint for a Sustainable Economy” was first published in 2000, and now “moved to digital printing” in 2010. It is a continuation of a series of five volumes (Blueprints 1 -5), all of which grew out of “Blueprint for a Green Economy” (1989). The present volume updates the first volume in that series, “Blueprint 1”. Like other volumes in the series it is a response to “the now widely accepted observation that most environmental problems have their origins in the misworkings of the economic system, and that their solutions therefore lie in the correction of these misworkings” (p. xi).

Physically beautiful, well-written, precise, and compact, the book can either be read from beginning to end, or it can be used as a reference. Each of its 11 chapters is fact-packed and data-supported. The textboxes are just pieces of gem, so are the back-of-hand formulas sprinkled throughout the book. I like the schematic definition of sustainable development, and the role natural capital (the environment) plays in that process (Fig. 2.1, p. 21). For sure, Chapter 2 is MUST read for beginners on the topic.
Chapters 3-5 are about fundamental concepts and methods, while Chapter 6 describes the origins of environmental degradation. Proposed solutions are subjects of Chapters 7 and 8. Environmental problems and solutions have important implications for both business and the environment, and Chapter 9 discusses those. In Chapter 10 the authors ask whether or not ecological economics is “a new paradigm”. This chapter concludes that ecological economics offers important tools for addressing environmental problems, but its main advantages lie in the fact that it permits “… interdisciplinary analysis, which is particularly suitable to many complex environmental problems that require the collaboration of ecologists, economists and scientists from other disciplines” (p. 248). Chapter 11 draws four conclusions from the entire book, and I step aside for the reader to find out what those are, (haha, ;)).

Highly commendable and recommended!!

Amavilah
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!! 23 Jun 2012
By AYR - Published on Amazon.com
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The only reason you should buy this book is that you've been having touble sleeping, it's better than Xanax!! Old concepts that are obsolete, poorly written and doesn't engage the reader one bit. Save your money and buy 50 Shades or something!
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