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Economic growth and the environment: whose growth? Whose environment?

Beckerman, W.; (1992) Economic growth and the environment: whose growth? Whose environment? World Development , 20 (4) pp. 481-496. 10.1016/0305-750X(92)90038-W.

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Abstract

The widespread clamor for immediate dracomian action to reduce the danger of global warming is an unjustifiable diversion of attention from the far more serious environmental problems facing developing countries. Resource constraints do not constitute limits to growth, and the likely economic damage done by climate change would be a negligible proportion of world output. The loss of welfare of the population in developing countries today as a result of inadequate access to safe drinking water and sanitation, or of urban air pollution, is far greater, and should be given priority over the interests of future generations. The “sustainable” growth concept is either morally indefensible or totally nonoperational.

Type:Article
Title:Economic growth and the environment: whose growth? Whose environment?
DOI:10.1016/0305-750X(92)90038-W
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(92)90038-W
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Economics

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